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ZDF Enterprises and NBC News Archive sign distribution agreement

Mainz, 14th August 2006

ZDF Enterprises is proud to announce that it will represent NBC News Archive and license its footage in the German-speaking territories as of August 2006. This strategic relationship grants ZDF Enterprises the right to distribute material from the NBC News Archive in Germany, Austria and the German-speaking areas of Switzerland. The agreement covers the immense stock footage of both NBC News and ZDF Enterprises archives that will be of major significance to ZDF Enterprises clients. Both partners will use the experience and facilities of their broadcasting companies to offer high-speed and excellent customer services.

"With ZDF Enterprises," says Nancy Cole, Director of Archives, Sales & Licensing at NBC News, "we found the best synergy in terms of expanding NBC News Archive to the German-speaking production community. ZDF Enterprises has a strong market position in the footage industry and sells material to many target groups. For potential clients, this new relationship is very pragmatic: it offers one-stop shopping for archival footage. We are delighted to extend our reach in the German-speaking market with ZDF Enterprises, and make our vast Archive available to their clients."

"The NBC News' award-winning programs and footage are the first choice for many international producers. With well-known brands like 'Meet the Press,' 'NBC Nightly News' and 'Today,' NBC News Archive is a substantial asset to the portfolio that we now offer clients in the German-speaking territories. With over 55 years of television material from overseas ZDF.archive is the top footage source for advertising agencies, producers, television and film productions in Germany, Austria and the German-speaking areas of Switzerland," says Fred Burcksen, Vice President of Distribution and Investments at ZDF Enterprises.

To screen and/or licence footage from NBC News Archive please contact the ZDF.archive Sales Team: tel: +49 (0)6131 991-328, fax +49 (0)6131-991259 or e-mail []. Further information is available at [].


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 programme acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast programme 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 programmes, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its programme 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 recognised programme brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

Contact ZDF Enterprises:
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. +49 6131-991228, fax +49 6131-991229, e-mail: []; [].


About ZDF.archive:

ZDF.archive is the library of the ZDF Network television. As Europe's largest broadcaster, the ZDF Network has been producing high quality television programming for over 40 years. Our archive contains one of the world's largest collections of television material and stock footage. With approximately two million available entries taken from over 300,000 different programmes, we have a large library of moving images.


About NBC News:

For more than 70 years, NBC News has been the primary source of global news and information for generations of radio listeners, television viewers and Internet users, providing immediate coverage and in-depth reporting of major events. Operating around the clock, NBC News has bureaus in key cities in the United States and overseas. NBC has become the dominant force in television news, watched by more Americans than any other news organization. NBC News provides more than 25 hours of weekly programming in the United States, including the No. 1-rated broadcasts "Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today," and "Meet the Press." The network also produces weekend editions of "Nightly News" and "Today." "Dateline NBC" is the signature broadcast for NBC News in primetime. Also under the NBC News umbrella is MSNBC, the 24-hour cable news channel and the No. 1 TV news and information website,, both launched in 1996. NBC News programs can be seen on CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe. NBC News' corps of talented and respected anchors and correspondents continues to set standards of quality and integrity that have become the hallmark of all NBC broadcasts. Imbued with a rich history, NBC News continues its pioneering role in telecommunications and is poised to meet the challenges of this century.


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