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ZDF Enterprises co-produces new historical crime investigation series 'Cold Case: History'

Mainz, October 13th, 2020

ZDF Enterprises has partnered with Story House Productions, ZDF and Arte on a ground-breaking new series that delves deep into the biggest crimes in history. From the brutal murder of Pharoah Ramses III to the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe, Cold Case: History reinvestigates long forgotten cases using state-of-the-art forensics and archeological methods.

Ralf Rueckauer, Vice-President ZDFE.unscripted, said: “Developing this series has been an exciting journey with each episode unravelling a mystery. It’s been fascinating to see modern day forensics at work dispelling age old theories, particularly in the case of Marilyn Monroe, where we have unearthed new evidence and testimony.”

Featuring the biggest murders in the history of mankind, the six part series transports viewers into the past with superb recreations of the crime. Cold Case: History includes the Medici Case, where two sons are slain in a struggle for power, and going back even further in time, 3,000 years ago, when Ramses III was violently killed by his own kin. Did Vincent Van Gogh really commit suicide or did someone shoot him and were the two bodies in the Tower of London the young princes, killed by Richard III, or can DNA prove otherwise?

The series also looks at the death of prostitute Rosemarie Nitribitt in 1957, found hanged in her luxury apartment. Was it suicide or a murder linked to German high society? Marilyn Monroe’s death in 1962 still puzzles journalists and criminologists today. A post mortem stating ‘Probably suicide by taking an overdose’ breeds a number of theories. This exciting, final episode discovers new evidence, narrowing the circle of possible perpetrators.

ZDF Enterprises is the global distributor for Cold Case: History (6 x 50’) which will go into production with Story House this autumn.


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