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ZDF Enterprises and National Geographic Channel Ink Representation Deal for New Package at MIP TV

Deal Includes More Than 60 Hours of Programming Including News Seasons of Popular Series Alaska State Troopers and Hard Time

From left to right: Fred Burcksen (Vice President Sales, Merchandising and Coproductions, ZDF Enterprises), Germaine Deagan Sweet (VP Global Content Sales, National Geographic Channels), Kristina Hollstein (Director Coproductions and Development / ZDFE.factual, ZDF Enterprises) and David Lyle (CEO National Geographic Channels)


(WASHINGTON, D.C. / MAINZ, GERMANY — April 1, 2012)

 ZDF Enterprises announced today a new contract for the acquisition of a second major package of 63 hours of programming from National Geographic Channels U.S. at MIP TV in Cannes (1 to 4 April).

The package includes a variety of successful series and specials originally commissioned by NGC U.S. which ZDF Enterprises will distribute worldwide outside the US. Following on from the first deal between the companies in 2010, the new slate adds 33 hours in series including seasons 3-4 of Alaska State Troopers (adding to ZDF Enterprises’ catalogue which contains the first two seasons). Hard Times is also extended with season four being picked up in the package. New series to be introduced to ZDF Enterprises’ catalogue include Rocket City Scientists, Najavo Police and CIA Confidential.

“This new deal furthers our commitment to growing relationships with important international partners,” said David Lyle, CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S.  “ZDF Enterprises is an important partner for our networks in acquisitions, co-productions and distribution, and we look forward to not only continuing but expanding our work together.”

President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, Alexander Coridass, adds: “The success we’ve encountered with the first 60 hours of programs has proven National Geographic’s ‘magical touch’ with respect to program concepts and realization. The unique mix of serious information, action, quest, humor and mystery makes these factual programs winners among all demographics. They’re a truly important complement to our existing catalogue.”

The new agreement solidifies the longstanding, successful collaboration between German pubcaster ZDF, ZDF Enterprises and National Geographic Channel in co-production and distribution. Most recently, National Geographic Channel acquired the contemporary history series Secrets of the 3rd Reich for NGCI and NGC US.

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About National Geographic Channels

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks.  The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission.  Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD.  In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled.  The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in over 83 million U.S. homes.  Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 435 million homes in 173 countries and 37 languages. For more information, visit

 Contact National Geographic Channels

Chris Albert, 202-912-6526,

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About ZDF Enterprises
Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises  is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications),
1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, tel.: +49 6131-9911130, fax:
+49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany