ZDF Enterprises Brings Extensive Documentary Portfolio to MIPCOM
Including HD super-documentaries about China and five-part series "The Wehrmacht"
Mainz, 1. October 2007
ZDF Enterprises will be arriving at MIPCOM with an extensive sales and co-production portfolio firmly rooted in excellent documentary productions.
The range of programs for sale includes the five high-quality super-documentaries produced in HD for the China series: "China's Great Wall", "Zhao Ling - The Secret of the Emperor's Tomb", "The Chinese Armada", "The Forbidden City" and "China's First Emperor", providing a wealth of information to help understand China today - in plenty of time for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing. The five-part series "The Wehrmacht", produced by the internationally renown ZDF Contemporary History Department headed by the prize-winning historian Professor Guido Knopp, presents previously unseen pictures of Hitler's army. Exclusive confidential British footage provides new and gripping insights into the morale of the troops and the atmosphere among the senior ranks of the Nazi regime. More than 60 years after the end of the war contemporary witnesses describe their experiences, from the initial euphoria of early military successes through to ultimate annihilation. And the stunning documentary "Behind Enemy Lines" depicts the methods and techniques employed by US spies to penetrate the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Meanwhile, the astonishing find of a Japanese submarine lying wrecked on the sea bed and its significance for the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor is the subject of "Pearl Harbor - Who Fired First?".
And when it comes to co-productions ZDF Enterprises can also offer its partners at MIPCOM 2007 a large number of new and exciting projects. "Miracle at Mogadishu - The Hijacking of the 'Landshut'" describes the high-jacking of a Lufthansa airliner by Red Army Faction terrorists - an early example of international terrorism which serves as a chilling forerunner of the horrors to come. The two-part series "The Secrets of Heinrich Harrer’s Diaries" presents viewers for the very first time with a startling and sometimes shocking insight into everyday life in Tibet during the 1940s and 50s. The latest revelations about the mysterious disappearance of the famous writer, pilot and adventurer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry during a flight over southern France feature in the documentary "Flight with no Return". "The Megalodon-Mystery" tells the story of the megalodon, a prehistoric shark that became extinct 5 million years ago - a skeleton 20 metres long has been found in the Atacama Desert in Peru. And finally, the spectacular docu-drama "The La Palma Tsunami" describes what would happen if the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Islands were to erupt today - and the terrible destruction it would cause all around the world.
**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].