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ZDF Enterprises collaborates with Jasper James

Three projects in the pipeline

Mainz, 12th September, 2016

ZDF Enterprises has teamed up with renowned independent documentary producer and three-time Emmy Award winner Jasper James, founder of UK production company Screen Glue, to create three new documentary productions. ZDF Enterprises will also be taking over worldwide distribution of all three.

In the larger-than-life special Why Size Matters (2x50’ or 10x30’), Jasper James takes the audience to a series of parallel worlds where size can be changed, to answer the biggest (and smallest) questions in the universe in an unforgettable way. The ZDF/Terra X editors and arte have agreed to team up for the project and shooting will begin soon. Broadcasting will follow in the spring of 2018. The series has already sparked the interest of several networks and non-linear platforms.

A Day in the Life of Earth (2x50’), currently in development and open for coproduction, shows the staggering changes that happen across Earth in the space of just one day. Every day, massive areas of new land are made and lost, changing the shape of our planet and meaning that, quite literally, we wake up on a different world every single day. Supplemented by beautiful CGI animations, this film goes to the ends of the Earth to reveal the dynamism of a planet always in motion.

Top Ten Wonders of the Universe (2x50’), also currently in development and open for coproduction, will whisk the audience around the space-time continuum to present the ten most awesome experiences in the universe as chosen by ten of the foremost scientists, astronauts and thinkers of our time. From flying like a bird on Titan to seeing a runaway star, this is the ultimate bucket list.

Ralf Rueckauer, VP ZDFE.factual at ZDF Enterprises: “Jasper James has this very rare talent of being able to turn hardcore science into an entertaining documentary that delves deep into specific topics. He is a great storyteller, he has an excellent scientific eye and is always curious to learn more about humanity and about the world we inhabit. ZDFE.factual is delighted to collaborate with him on these three fascinating projects.”

Jasper James comments: “We set up this business to create big, ambitious projects that were both entertaining and had global reach – and the ZDF Enterprises team not only shares our vision, but also provides the kind of support you need when you’re trying to pull together the world’s biggest broadcasters. These three new shows will all deliver a new way of looking at our world and I am confident that they will surprise and delight both international broadcasters and viewers alike.”


About Screen Glue

Screen Glue was founded in 2013 by Jasper James, an award-winning factual producer with a reputation for creatively combining new and traditional technologies and for doing things differently. The company has expertise in creating both scripted and unscripted content and specialises in combining traditional genres to create entertaining content. Recent productions include kids drama Quarx, as well as the animated history series Lost Lands and technology series How to think like a Computer, both for the BBC.

Before founding Screen Glue Jasper was CEO and co-founder of Wide-Eyed Entertainment, where his executive producer credits included the international hits March of the Dinosaurs Dark Matters: Twisted but True and Titanboa: Monster Snake.

Prior to Wide-Eyed, Jasper was creative director of Impossible Pictures, where he developed and produced a number of high-profile international titles including Walking with Dinosaurs, Sea Monsters, Prehistoric Park, Perfect Disasters and Fearless Planet.

Jasper’s awards include a BAFTA, an RTS Award, three Primetime Emmys and a Wildscreen Panda Award. At Screen Glue he’s also won awards for his apps, most recently a Webby and a Lovie for Leonardo: Anatomy, made in partnership with the Queen’s art collection.

For further information about Screen Glue, contact

Michelle Waldron, Tel : + 44 (0) 7768 568970,


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


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