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ZDF Enterprises launches distribution of prestigious new one- and two-part fiction coproductions

Mainz, 9th March 2010

Program distributor and coproducer ZDF Enterprises has announced the start of the international distribution of four new one- and two-part TV movies and miniseries of exceptional interest and outstanding production values.

Based on a thriller by bestselling author Ken Follett, "Whiteout" (2 x 90') spins the suspenseful tale of a deadly virus stolen from a lab by criminals whose escape is blocked by a blizzard.
Produced by ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, Network Movie, Constantin Television, Palomar and RTI, "Whiteout" stars Heiner Lauterbach and Isabella Ferrari.

Two popular international stars head the cast of the two-part miniseries "The Secret of the Whales" (2 x 90'), Veronica Ferres ("The Woman from Checkpoint Charlie") and Christopher Lambert ("Highlander"). The drama about a woman who stumbles upon criminal dealings and an ecological disaster in New Zealand while investigating the death of her father is produced by teamWorx for ZDF.

"Hope" (2 x 90') tells the story of the first woman to brave the resistance of her male professors and peers and obtain a medical degree in Germany. She was also the first female doctor in Munich and an ardent advocate of hospital reform. Heike Makatsch ("Hilde," "Love Actually") plays the British-born doctor in this production by Hofmann & Voges.

The docu-drama "Dutschke" (1 x 90') explores the life of one of the leading figures in the "68 Generation" and paints a sweeping canvas of the 1960s and its social and political upheavals. Produced by teamWorx for ZDF, Dutschke stars Christoph Bach as the political firebrand.

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**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:denilauler.c@zdf.de denilauler.c@zdf.de], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].

Contact

Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

Phone
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
Fax
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
E-Mail
christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de
Address
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany