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ZDF Enterprises announces a raft of sales for landmark series 'Great Inventions'

Mainz, November 11th, 2020

Great Inventions, one of ZDF Enterprises’ most ambitious factual series, has been sold by the distributor to a number of countries across Europe. With production completed on all 35 episodes, the series will premiere on, SVT (Sweden), , TV Kultura (Russia), AMC Chello (Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic), Telefonica Audiovisual Digital (Spain), Servus TV (Austria) and (Germany)

Produced for ZDF Enterprises, by OFF THE FENCE, doc station, World Media Rights and k22, Great Inventions (35x50’) celebrates and looks behind the scenes at everyday objects and major innovations we use daily and discovers their sometimes bizarre, mysterious or even accidental origins. 

Ralf Rueckauer, Vice-President ZDFE.unscripted at ZDF Enterprises, said “Launched only a few month ago, Great Inventions immediately attracted a huge amount of interest. The series, a salute to mankind’s ingenuity, has a wide appeal because it covers the ordinary, the familiar, then takes you on an entertaining and informative journey into how these things came to be.” 

From coffee, computer games and cold beer to crash test dummies and cruise ships, the series explores a vast range of innovations that were once revolutionary but are now taken for granted. Take the fridge, for example, something you use every day but surprisingly it was back in the days of petticoats and breeches, 1784 to be precise, that clever mankind presented the first artificial cooling system. And who would have thought that beer was first brewed around 13,000 years ago? Great Inventions not only reveals the technical evolution of these amazing creations but also its social significance, as well as offering a glimpse into the future.


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


Great Inventions Episode 'Harbours'
Great Inventions Episode 'Suspension Bridges'