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ZDF Enterprises and ndF establish a joint venture for fictional productions

FictionMagnet Produktions GmbH will develop and produce TV formats for ZDF

Mainz and Unterföhring, February 17th, 2020

ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Mainz and neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft mbH, Unterföhring, have announced the formation of a joint venture. The purpose of the newly founded company, called FictionMagnet Produktions GmbH, will be to develop and produce fictional TV formats for ZDF. neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft mbH will have a 51% stake in the new company and ZDF Enterprises GmbH will own 49%. The company, which will be located in Unterföhring, will be managed by the two ndF CEOs, Eric Welbers and Matthias Walther. It is the first joint venture between ZDF Enterprises and ndF.

Plans are already under way for the first production by the new joint venture – “In their 50s” “(OT "Um die 50"), a TV movie based on the "Um die 30" series from the 90s, which reunites the original, perfectly-matched writing duo of Dominik Raacke and Ralf Huettner.

Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises commented, "We are delighted to be able to expand the close and successful collaboration we have had with our long-time partner neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft mbH within a joint company. Pooling the programme-making expertise, international experience and corporate commitment of our two companies creates the ideal conditions for making successful German productions for the domestic and international markets."

According to Eric Welbers and Matthias Walther, the CEOs of ndF mbH who will also be the CEOs of FictionMagnet Produktions GmbH, "Collaboration on fictional productions by ndF and ZDF began back in 1988 with "The Heritage of the Guldenburgs” (OT “Das Erbe der Guldenburgs") and a close and highly successful partnership with ZDF and ZDF Enterprises has developed over the years, which we are now reshaping for the future. With this joint venture, we have a great opportunity to meet the programme challenges of the future together and to develop attractive fictional programmes for ZDF, which we hope will continue to attract viewers. ndF will remain an independent production company, but will also work in partnership with ZDF through FictionMagnet Produktions GmbH."


About neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft mbH                                                                           

ndF: neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft mbH, founded in 1947, is one of the largest independent film production companies in Germany. In addition to its headquarters in Unterföhring near Munich, the ndF Group has offices and subsidiaries in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Brussels and Rome. As well as television and cinema films and TV series, its product portfolio also includes international co-productions. ndF produces programmes for ZDF, including the successful series "Mountain Medic" (OT "Der Bergdoktor"), "The Old Fox" (OT "Der Alte") and "Alpine Rescue" (OT "Die Bergretter"), as well as numerous one-off productions.

Contact neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft mbH: Anja Konen-Praxl, Public Relations and Communications Manager, Tel.: +49 89 95 826 155, Email:,

About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in the year 1993 as a 100 % private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the biggest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. On behalf of ZDF, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international co-productions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands. During the course of the process of development and diversification to date, it has been possible to incorporate a large number of business activities within the television and media industry within the ZDF Enterprises Group. Consequently, today ZDF Enterprises can offer a comprehensive, full-service offer that covers every step in the process of creation and utilisation of successful TV productions, from material development in all genres to production and then on to the marketing of television licenses, merchandising and online rights.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, 55127 Mainz/Germany, phone +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


Eric Welbers, CEO ndF + FictionMagnet
Matthias Walther, CEO ndF + FictionMagnet