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ZDF Enterprises announces a raft of sales for two-part drama 'Ottilie von Faber-Castell'

Upcoming AVOD streamer Globi snaps up the drama title for North America

Mainz, April 8th, 2021

ZDF Enterprises has sold the two-part drama Ottilie von Faber-Castell (2 x 90’ HD) to broadcasters across Europe and to Globi, an upcoming AVOD streamer bringing the best of foreign television and cinema content to North American viewers.

The mini series, a story about a brilliant young woman navigating the pitfalls of 19th century business, family and forbidden love, has been picked up by Italy’s RAI 1 where it earned top ratings with over 2.8 million. The show recently also enjoyed great success on RTP in Portugal where it performed higher than the average time slot.

Other licensees include YLE (Finland), RTV (Slovenia), RTVS (Slovakia), LTV (Latvia), Network 4 (Hungary), Inter TV (Ukraine), ETV (Estonia) and LRT (Lithuania).

Robert Franke, Vice-President ZDFE.drama, said: “Great storytelling travels and has the ability to win over audiences across different cultures, as witnessed by the success of Ottilie von Faber-Castell in Iberia and these sales to a wide range of countries.”

At the end of 19th century Germany, a 16 year-old girl, Ottilie von Faber, inherits her grandfather’s global manufacturing business. In this male dominated world, Ottilie uses all her talent and knowledge to prove herself and steer the company to greater success. She marries Count Castell and starts a family but the unconventional Ottilie finds herself deeply in love with someone else, the dashing Philipp von Brand. 

Ottilie von Faber-Castell was commissioned by ARD Degeto and produced by Wiedemann & Berg Television in co-production with Wilma Film and in cooperation with ZDF Enterprises. German film director and screenwriter Claudia Garde (Stubbe - Von Fall zu Fall, Doktor Martin, Tatort), wrote and directed the series which was nominated for Best TV Movie award at the 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 and is responsible for worldwide program distribution, international co-productions, program acquisition as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for broadcaster ZDF, and for third parties. Bound into a strong group of 18 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, ZDF Enterprises manages the largest German-language program stock worldwide and an impressive portfolio of international productions, consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. ZDF Enterprises provides a comprehensive, full-service offering and covers every step in the chain of creation and exploitation of successful content, from development to production and marketing. Website:

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


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