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ZDF Enterprises honours 50th anniversary of Moon landing with three exceptional documentaries

Productions from Impossible Factual, SPIEGEL TV and Gruppe 5 mark historic event

Mainz, 18th March 2019

20th July 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the Moon. On 20 July 1969 at exactly 20:17:40 UTC, two crew members of mission Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, were the first men to set foot on the moon. ZDFE.unscripted has three new programs in its MIPDoc and MIPTV catalogue, which trace the path from humanity's first glimpse of the celestial bodies to space travel.

MAGIC OF THE MOON (3 x 52’) from Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion explores the secrets of the Moon, our scientific insights into its formation, its influence on life on Earth, and the legends each new discovery inspires. It seems there is an unending symbiosis between fact and fiction about the Moon: one stimulates the other, and it is this relationship that runs through these films. At the heart of it all: the intense human fascination with the moon. We go back in time to expose the changing but constant bond between people and the moon. Starting at a time long ago, when the ball of light in the night-sky was the only thing illuminating the depth of night, we end on visions of future space travel to Earth’s satellite, when tourists may embark on trips to visit the Man in the Moon. Intriguing, entertaining, informative and visually stunning all wrapped into one, this series is sure to inspire the curiosity of the audience and reveal unusual and surprising stories and facts about the Moon, whose presence we all take for granted but know little about.

The SPIEGEL TV production THE MOON LANDING AND THE NAZIS(52’) describes how, without German support, the moon landing most likely would not have happened at that time. The Saturn V rocket that catapulted the Apollo 11 crew into space was the product of German engineer Arthur Rudolph. Together with Wernher von Braun and other engineers from Germany, he perfected the propulsion technology by order of NASA. Who was this Arthur Rudolph, who joined the NSDAP early on, worked for the Americans after the war and was later denaturalized and left the USA? How exactly were he and the other Germans involved in the Apollo 11 mission? THE MOON LANDING AND THE NAZISis a gripping, repertoire-worthy film that is both entertaining and informative. The iconic photos and film footage of the Apollo programs fascinate young and old viewers to this day. They do not only illustrate the protagonists’ spirit of adventure but for the first time also show unparalleled images of the blue planet, floating vulnerably in the dark universe.

Impossible Factual‘s ANCIENT SKIES (3x50' HD) is currently in production and will be available shortly. Jonathan Drake’s team presents a tantalizing window on human understanding of our place in the cosmos, from when imagination alone allowed us to slip the surly bonds of Earth until the advent of telescopes, and eventually a space rocket, opened new windows onto the universe beyond. In ANCIENT SKIES we roll back our rational, scientific universe and use glorious animation and CGI recreations to chart the ever-changing cosmos as imagined by past civilisations. Through artefacts, stunning Iocations and expert contributions, the astronomical brilliance of the ancients is showcased and we discover how they combined centuries of knowledge and experimentation to explore the skies above: vast celestial clocks, intricate calendars, enormous structures aligned with celestial events, and the first computer – all following the movements of the cosmos with extraordinary accuracy.

Ralf Rueckauer, VP ZDFE.unscripted at ZDF Enterprises:  ”We are proud to be able to offer these three outstanding documentaries as new gems in our catalogue for the upcoming MIPDoc and MIPTV.”


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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