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ZDF Enterprises and Studio Hamburg set up “Studio Hamburg Enterprises”

Joint venture to produce and market DVDs

Mainz/Hamburg, 30th January 2012

Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing (SHDM) and ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) have established a joint venture under the name of “Studio Hamburg Enterprises GmbH” (SHE). The purpose of the company is to purchase the rights for feature films and TV programs and their distribution in particular in the DVD/Blu-ray market. Both companies have a 50 percent share in the new company.

In addition, SHE will develop activities in the field of archive material and will market the joint film stock of approximately 1,500 titles, which represents a significant part of ARD and ZDF's contribution to German TV history. DVD releases of titles from the current schedules of both broadcasting groups will also be handled by SHE. ZDFE’s wide product portfolio comprises both exclusive new programs from ZDF and a large stock of the company’s own licences, acquired from co-productions, distribution mandates and other sources. Thus, for example, the six-part TV version of the best-seller “Verbrechen” (“Crime”) by Ferdinand von Schirach will appear on DVD as it is broadcast. Approximately 120-150 new releases are planned every year.

The managing directors of the new company are Jens Uwe Welge, already Head of Home Entertainment Home Entertainment and authorised officer of SDHM, and Peter Lang, Head of Merchandising and ZDF shops at ZDFE. The company, which is based in Hamburg and has a branch office in Mainz, has been in full operation since it was legally set up, as it has adopted the organisational structure of SHDM.

Alexander Coridaß, President and CEO at ZDFE: “We are looking forward to cooperating with SHDM. We are convinced that we will be able to further strengthen our position in the DVD market, which remains important, by bringing together an experienced, high-profile partner and our own very attractive program catalogue”.

Peter Thiem, Managing Director of SHDM: “We are delighted by the extension of our collaboration through this partnership. It enables us to strengthen our joint marketing activities relating to archive programs and to acquire attractive material and licences both at home and abroad”.

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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), Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, tel.: +49 6131-9911130, fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail: christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de, www.zdf-enterprises.de.

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About Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing
STUDIO HAMBURG DISTRIBUTION & MARKETING GMBH (SHDM) is a 100-percent subsidiary of STUDIO HAMBURG GmbH. SHDM is a full service provider. Its areas of activity include production, marketing and distribution of TV, video and audio programs. SHDM has a global presence and is extremely well-versed in all forms of media, including series, feature films and documentaries on TV, the internet, DVDs and audio CDs. SHDM Home Entertainment & Merchandising releases over 100 DVD products per year. It focuses on TV crime dramas, comedy classics, literary adaptations, documentaries, family series and sports and music programmes. SHDM successfully operates the online shop www.ardvideo.de, which currently has 100,000 regular customers. With exclusive access to the archive of NDR and close collaboration with WDR and various production companies, SHDM is the leading provider of German television programs on DVD. Since 2011, SHDM has also been releasing international TV series on the label “tellyvisions – tv you talk about”. In addition, SHDM publishes and licences audio books, books and recordings and carries out active merchandising for selected in-house and outside productions.

Contact Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing
Broder Buch-Winckel (Head of Marketing and Communication), Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing GmbH, Jenfelder Allee 80, 22039 Hamburg, Germany Tel: +49 40 6688 4702, Fax. +49 40 6688 4722, bbuch-winckel@studio-hamburg.de, www.studio-hamburg.de.

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

Phone
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
Fax
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
E-Mail
christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de
Address
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany

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