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ZDF Enterprises assumes global distribution of cult crime thriller “The Crimson Rivers” by Jean-Christophe Grangé

Franco-German TV series to be produced by ZDF in cooperation with maze pictures and EuropaCorp Television

Mainz, 13th September 2017

ZDF Enterprises has assumed global distribution of the Franco-German crime thriller series “The Crimson Rivers” (8x45' / 4x100'), co-produced by ZDF and France 2. Filming is currently taking place in Belgium. Starring Olivier Marchal, Erika Sainte, Ken Duken, Nora Waldstätten and others, the first episode of the series, entitled “The Final Chase” (“Die letzte Jagd”), will be directed by Ivan Fegyveres. Each of the episodes remains true to the original screenplay by cult writer Jean-Christophe Grangé. The series will be co-produced by France’s EuropaCorp Television together with the German company maze pictures.

Inspector Niémans (Olivier Marchal) and his colleague Camille Delauney (Erika Sainte) are investigating four separate cases which lead them to various French provinces and to Germany. Each case entails a murder mystery which demands the involvement of the Parisian specialists.

In the first episode of the series “The Final Chase” (“Die letzte Jagd”), Jürgen, heir to the German noble family von Geyersberg, is found dead in a forest in Alsace during a family hunt. He is discovered tied to a tree, celebrated like a hunter would its prey. Parisian detective Niémans and his colleague Camille Delauney take over the investigations, supported by German crime investigator Kleinert (Ken Duken). When Laura (Nora Waldstätten), the sister of the deceased, is threatened by a Great Dane and a cousin of the highly reserved blonde is found murdered shortly afterwards, it all becomes clear to Niémans: Somebody has a score to settle with the German noble family.

In their thriller series “The Crimson Rivers”– a remake of Jean-Christophe Grangés bestseller – the TV division of director Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp (EuropaCorp Television) and German maze pictures remain true to the box-office hit from the year 2000 starring Jean Reno. Filming is expected to run until early December 2017.


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 two French investigators Pierre Niémans (Olivier Marchal, 3rd from left) and Camille Delauney (Erika Sainte, left) are watching their German colleague commissioner Nicolas Kleinert (Ken Duken, 2nd from left) during the interrogation of the suspect Karl Bruch (Michelangelo Marchese, right). Source: obs/ZDF/Jo Voets