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ZDF Enterprises and Nutopia to partner up on “Europe – The Story of Us”

Mainz, 04.03.2014

ZDF Enterprises will be introducing an exciting new addition to its international program catalogue at the Impact Media Summit. The Mainz rights licensor is co-developing the episodic series “Europe – The Story of Us” produced by the renowned, multiple award-winning production company Nutopia, and will be distributing it comprehensively around the globe. The series is still open for international co-production partners.

Nutopia is developing “Europe – The Story of Us” for ZDF Enterprises, which is based on the company’s widely known and internationally successful docu-drama format. “The Story of Us” is an epic TV event that tells the history of a country or continent through dramatic re-enactments, exciting CGI, and interviews with men and women who are among the most respected people in their lands. The format has already captivated large audiences and drawn outstanding reviews in the U.S. and U.K and is currently being made in Australia. Its global version, “Mankind - The Story of All of Us,” was seen by millions of people in over 150 territories and 37 languages worldwide.

Ralf Rückauer, Head of ZDFE.factual at ZDF Enterprises: „We are thrilled to be working with Nutopia on this ground-breaking new series, which will certainly be another milestone in our sales catalogue.“

Jane Root, Nutopia’s Founder and CEO, said: “It is incredibly exciting to be working with ZDF Enterprises and telling the story of not just a single country, but a whole continent, a place that changed the whole world.”


About Nutopia

Nutopia is a television Production Company with offices in both the US and UK producing a range of programming for international broadcasters.  Founded in 2008 by Jane Root, former President of Discovery US, Nutopia has created award-winning television programmes and drawn record-breaking audiences, through establishing the landmark ’mega doc’.

Critical successes include the Emmy-winning 12-hour series America: The Story of US, a history series which harnessed CGI, A-list interviews and stylized dramatization to bring record audiences to the History Channel US and became the highest rated special at that time for the network. MANKIND: THE STORY OF ALL OF US for History told in 12 hours the story of how we built our world and THE BRITISH. The Story of Us format is now being successfully sold internationally with Australia: The Story of Us in production and Canada, Brazil and Europe currently in discussion. Other landmark programming includes HOW WE GOT TO KNOW WITH STEVEN JOHNSON for PBS and BBC, due for TX in 2014, which will explore and celebrate the history, power and connectivity of great ideas. HOW WE INVENTED THE WORLD for Discovery which featured our most iconic inventions and modern-age breakthroughs and in 2013 National Geographic’s THE 80s: THE DECADE THAT MADE US, a six part mini-series about the era that helped shape our modern culture. Nutopia are currently in production on THE 90’s: THE LAST GREAT DECADE? Alongside The 90’s: The Last Great Decade Nutopia is also currently producing MILLIONAIRE MADE HERE for the Smithsonian Channel, DOWNFALL for Esquire, part of NBCU and due for TX this year is SHE’S HAVING A BABY for Sky Living. Nutopia’s also makes critically acclaimed, stand- alone films. These include 9/11: State of Emergency for History; Broadcast Award nominated BRITAIN’S GAY FOOTBALLERS for the BBC; SIEGE IN THE SAHARA/HELD HOSTAGE for Channel 4 / PBS and TARGETING BIN LADEN, for History and Channel 4.

Contact Nutopia
Ms Jane Root, 1st Floor, Kirkman House, 12-14 Whitfield St, London W1T 2RF, United Kingdom, tel: +44 (0)20 7299 3430, fax: +44(0)20 7636 5732, email:, www.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 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