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ZDF Enterprises brings TEXAS KILLING FIELDS to Venice in competition

Mainz, 29th August 2011

ZDF Enterprises will be presenting its 2010 Berlinale acquisition TEXAS KILLING FIELDS in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Produced by Michael Mann, the police thriller is directed by his daughter Amy Canaan Mann. In the lead roles are Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Castain and Chloé Moretz. The feature will be launched in U.S. theaters on 7 October; there is no release date yet for Germany.

Headed by Margrit Stärk, ZDF Enterprises’ feature-film acquisitions department has been devoting itself more intensively for some time now to the development of feature film projects, for which “all rights” are generally acquired: I, ALEX CROSS, the adaptation of a James Patterson crime novel directed by Rob Cohen is currently being shot in the U.S. The theatrical release is tentatively scheduled for late 2012/early 2013. Stärk is currently negotiating with various film distributors. The Dean Koontz filming of ODD THOMAS is in post-production and will come to theaters most likely next summer. ZDF is responsible for the distribution of the Australian thriller SWERVE not only in the German-language countries, but also in a selection of foreign territories as well.

Next to thrillers and action films, family fare such as NICOSTRATOS also form part of the line-up. The feel-good movie about a twelve-year-old boy who lives on a Greek island and befriends a pelican will be tentatively released in German theaters next year.


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), 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