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ZDF Enterprises announces MIPTV and MIPdoc line-up

Mainz, March 21st, 2018

ZDF Enterprises will be presenting a colorful palette of programs at this spring’s MIPTV market, that is being held in Cannes from 9th to 12th April 2018. MIPTV is being preceded by MIPDoc and MIPFormats on 7th and 8th April 2018.

Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: "ZDF Enterprises’ proposition for MIPTV is very straight and clear. In a never-ending effort to acquire, coproduce and sell the best programs around the world, our aim is to enhance all genres and deliver best quality programs. Bringing together international producers, broadcasters and VoD platforms is our passion, providing a selection of unique highlights for the audiences of our clients is our goal. With our latest highlights, we are looking forward to travel to Cannes and meet our partners."

At MIPDoc, the market for documentaries, ZDFE.unscripted will be showcasing its program highlight “The Story of Europe” (6 x 50’), a ground-breaking series that tells the story of Europe by exploring different chapters of its eventful history. A journey through space and time, from the first physical beginnings to the first human settlers. Another documentary program focuses on the “History of Weapons” (10 x 50’) – showing the evolution of weapon technology throughout the history of the world. And “Africa River Wild” (7 x 50’) takes you to the rivers of Africa which spread fresh water and life, through parched desert and scrubland, through grassy savannahs and even through the deepest African jungles.

Highlights from ZDFE.unscripted’s entertainment genre include the 55-minutes docutainment “Cash or Trash”, a daily show that uncovers the price of the audience’s treasures and hidden heirlooms or the 90-minutes quiz show “You’ll Never Get It!” where two teams of celebrities face their opponents with razor-sharp wit as they grope to answer the oddest questions on TV.

ZDFE.drama is introducing the breathtaking series “The Crimson Rivers” (8 x 50’ or 4 x 100’), set in a world full of gruesome criminal cases, sadistic killers, creepy rituals and mysterious incidents.The remake of the bestseller from cult writer Jean-Christophe Grangé remains true to the original screenplay of the year 2000's box-office hit starring Jean Reno. Following the great success of the three-part family drama series “Ku’damm 56”, “Ku’damm 59” (3 x 90’) now rejoins the Schöllack family at the “Galant” dance academy in Berlin. Social conventions have hardly changed by 1959. True, rock’n’roll may now be socially accepted in a Germanized form, but illegitimate children, premarital sex, homosexuality and emancipation remain taboo. “Ku’damm 59” follows the women of this generation on their search for a new feminine identity. ZDFE.drama is also proud of the first short form drama series in its catalogue. The Australian drama comedy web series “Other People’s Problems” was originally created for ABC iview (5 x 7’).  Florence, a reluctant copywriter who embarks on a venture to ghost-write letters solving other people’s problems, in exchange for second-hand clothing.  

Turning to live action for youngsters, ZDFE.junior’s “The Bureau of Magical Things” (20 x 25’) follows the adventures of teenage girl Kyra who is magically transformed into a Tri-ling when caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy. From the makers of the global smash hit “H2O – Just Add Water” and “Mako Mermaids”! The animated series “Lassie” (soon 52 x 22’) has its second season in production now. In the new adventures, the beloved collie comes to life in a season that is adventurous, humorous and a whole lot of fun! Lassie is smart, loyal and ready to cross rivers and fires to come to the rescue of her young owner, 10-year-old Zoe. Together they go on exciting adventures and take the young audience on a dramatic, fun and thoroughly enjoyable ride. The premium tween ballet series “Find me in Paris” (52 x 26’) features a time-traveling ballerina. It is set against the spectacular backdrop, and with the participation, of the world-renowned Garnier Opera House in Paris. Featuring mainly ballet as well as hip hop, the dance sequences – central to the heart of the show – will be both authentic and of extremely high standards.


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


The Story of Europe
History of Weapons
Africa River Wild
Cash or Trash
You'll never get it
The Crimson Rivers
Ku'damm 59
The Bureau of Magical Things
Find me in Paris