ZDF Enterprises announces five series deal with UK’s WALTER PRESENTS
MIPCOM/Cannes, 6th October 2015.
WALTER PRESENTS, the UK’s new on demand foreign-language drama service has acquired five series totalling 44hrs of programming from international distributor ZDF Enterprises.
The deal spans programming from five different countries and two of the series will form part of WALTER PRESENTS launch programming in January. They include ten-part Belgian black comedy drama CLAN, which follows the exploits of four increasingly frustrated sisters, as they plot to kill their outrageously obnoxious brother-in-law and the ten-part controversial Swedish political thriller, BLUE EYES.
The deal also includes eight-part crime drama THE TEAM, which was produced by Network Movie for ZDF in association with Danmarks Radio (DR), Nordisk Film, Lunanime, Lumière, C-Films, Superfilm. The series follows a European investigation team, headed up by a Danish homicide detective (Lars Mikkelsen), working together as they attempt to solve a series of mysterious murders across Europe.
Six-part Polish crime thriller THE PACK will represent a first for UK TV when it premieres next year on Channel 4’s free to air channel, More4. Set in the beautiful Bieszczady Mountains it follows the exploits of a Border Patrol officer, who finds himself in the frame for the murder of his girlfriend and fellow guards.
The new foreign-language drama channel has also scooped up Swedish family saga, THICKER THAN WATER, with an option to buy the second series which is currently in production. Set in the enchanting Swedish archipelago, the series is centred round one family, riddled with feuds and secrets, who are reluctantly reunited in tragic circumstances.
WALTER PRESENTS is a brand new TV and online service showcasing the very best foreign-language drama series from around the globe. It’s being launched in UK through an exclusive partnership between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, founded and managed by Jason Thorp, Walter Iuzzolino and Jo McGrath. The two parties plan to rollout WALTER PRESENTS in a number of other TV markets.
Jason Thorp, CEO of Global Series Network says:
“ZDF Enterprises have an enviable catalogue of consistently high quality dramas, many with a surprising edge. These series deserve to be seen by a much wider audience and we’re delighted to be giving UK audiences that opportunity.”
Fred Burcksen, Executive Vice President and COO of ZDF Enterprises says:
“We are proud to be on board WALTER PRESENTS at such an early stage and are confident that our award-winning shows will contribute to the future success of this exciting service.”
For further information:
Jo McGrath, GSN / email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zdf-enterprises.de.