ZDF Enterprises announces new sales record at MIP TV halftime
Cannes, 9th April 2008
It's halftime at MIP TV 2008 and ZDF Enterprises is reporting an abundance of program sales in all genres.
In the field of children's programs, the live-action series 'H2O - Just Add Water' continues to be a sales magnet. After the recent sale to Nickelodeon U.S., the program has been sold to France (France 2), Italy (RAI Sat), Canada (Vrak.TV) and Spain (Antena 3 and Universal Pictures). Viewers of RAI Sat in Italy and RTV in Slovenia can look forward to 'Lost Treasure of Fiji', another production from the workshop of Jonathan M. Shiff. Little 'Martin Morning' will soon be enchanting children in Poland (SDT Film), Spain and Portugal (Motion Pictures) with his 100 identities.
The super-docs on China from ZDF Enterprises' subsidiary Gruppe 5 have found buyers all over the world: Russia's Kultura TV, the U.S. Smithsonian Network, Poland's Canal+, the National Geographic Channel U.S., Mediacorps in Singapore and O3 Productions in the Middle East are eager to show their viewers exciting titles such as 'The Great Wall', 'The Forbidden City', 'The Chinese Armada' and 'The First Emperor'. Right on time for the European Football Championship 2008, Sweden's SVT and Poland's TVP have acquired the documentary 'The History of Football'. Docu packages with titles from a variety of domains were acquired by HRT in Croatia, Canal+ in Poland, Barrandov in the Czech Republic, TV2 in Bulgaria and the Chimei Culture Foundation in Taiwan.
In the German-speaking territories, the two-part miniseries 'The Final Voyage of the Gustloff' was sold to the History Channel Germany, the second season of 'Final Days of an Icon' to the Biography Channel ermany, four episodes of the Wall-to-Wall production 'Underworld Histories' to 'RTL Crime', the series 'In the Wild' to RTL Living and docu-packages to the German broadcasters n-tv (including the six-part series 'Ultimate Factories') and Planet, as well as Austria's ORF and Switzerland's AF.
High-rated ZDF fiction productions also enjoyed the favor of international buyers: French broadcaster TF 1 and Belgium's RTBF purchased two seasons of the family canine detective series 'Here Comes Kalle'. Hit crime series such as 'The Old Fox', 'Siska', 'Notruf Hafenkante' and 'KDD' were sold to countries such as Italy (RTI, Mediaset), France (TF1), Spain, Portugal (AXN), Finland (YLE), Sweden (SVT) or Croatia (HRT). TF1 also acquired the broadcasting rights to three new TV Movies of the Inga Lindström and Dream Voyage collections, as well as to the three-part cycle 'Cruise Into Cloud Nine'. Major packages with new titles from the most popular romantic TV movies series were acquired by Swiss SF, RTBF in Belgium, Kanal 2 in Estonia, TV Markiza in Slovakia and Prorom in Romania.
Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: "With our varied portfolio, our sales department can satisfy all of our clients' requests for high-quality programming in every genre – from our proven, time-slot winning ZDF programs to our coproductions and to sales mandates of renowned production companies. We're recording growing sales in all genres."
Head of Sales Christian Massmann adds: "We have offers from a variety of markets for our fictional highlights 'Ship of No Return – The Final Voyage of the ‘Gustloff’, 'The Miracle of Berlin' and 'The Killing'. For these productions, as well as for many others since late 2006, we can offer our clients the digital ancillary products they need to achieve lasting program success among their viewers. Clients such as Jetix, Nickelodeon, France Télévision, History Channel, Antena 3 and NHK reach entirely new groups of viewers through such additional digital products as our Allmedia rollouts, and bind traditional viewers more strongly to their channels."
**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), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. 0049 6131-991228, fax 0049 6131-991229, e-mail: [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].