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ZDF Enterprises licenses award-winning drama The Bridge to Israel’s KAN

Mainz, December 14th, 2020

The highly acclaimed Nordic crime drama, The Bridge (S1-4), has been sold by ZDF Enterprises to Israel’s public broadcaster KAN. Yuliya Fischer, ZDF Enterprises‘ Director ZDFE.drama, brokered the deal.

An international hit, The Bridge proved to be so popular it has been remade five times across the following countries; UK/France, USA/Mexico, Estonia/Russia, Malaysia/Singapore and Germany/Austria. Winner of two Golden Nymph Awards (Best European Drama and Best Actor in a Drama Series for Kim Bodnia), the series stars Swedish actress, Sofia Helin as the incomparable Saga Norén and Danish actors, Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve) and Thure Lindhardt.

Sara Gaon, Head of Acquisitions, KAN/IPBC said: "We are happy to have concluded our first deal with ZDF Enterprises and acquired The Bridge, one of the cult drama series in Nordic noir genre. Regardless of its production year and the fact that it has already been shown in Israel, we believe that due to its high quality production, The Bridge (Ha Gesher) will earn repeated interest of our audiences. The series is schedule to air starting January, 23rd 2021."

Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama, said: “The Bridge, with one of the most captivating female detectives ever to grace the small screen, belongs in the category of excellently written drama that transcends language barriers. This is our first drama contract with KAN and we are thrilled to see this timeless classic on Israeli screens soon.”

The Bridge, created and written by Hans Rosenfeldt, is produced by Filmlance (Sweden) and Nimbus Film (Denmark) in co-production with ZDF, DR, SVT and ZDF Enterprises who is also the global distributor for the series.

Worldwide sales for the 38 hour series so far include the BBC, Amazon, Antena TV, Arrow Films, AXN Spain, Bontonfilm, Canal+, Czech TV, DirecTV, Estonia Public Broadcasting, Fox Cable Network, Fox International, Globosat, Google, Hotvision, HRT, Hulu,, Joyn, LTV, MHz Networks, Netflix, PopTV, RSI, RTS, SBS, Sky Italy and Germany, Studiocanal, Telekom Germany, TFC, TG4, TRT, Chérie 25, Arte France, Azerbaijan Public Channel and many others.


About KAN, Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation:

The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) provides media programming and services to the Israeli public by operating 3 television channels and 9 radio stations. Branded "KAN" (meaning "here" in Hebrew), it provides approximately 1,600 weekly hours of broadcast content in all genres. These include about 40% documentary and fiction programming, both commissioned and acquired, in various themes, including social and political issues, current affairs, history, arts, culture and more. IPBC/KAN's missions, in addition to news broadcast, are to expand education and knowledge, promote discourse and quality culture, advance social awareness, engage, give a voice and inform all members of the public, and inspire innovation, in both programming content and distribution. It also offers a wide range of online products and services with a Digital First approach, including a portal website, mobile App, additional digital radio stations, blog, podcasts and various social media pages. Established in March 2015 KAN is fully funded by the Israeli government. The broadcasting services started in May 2017, operating out of Jerusalem andTel Aviv with approximately 800 employees. IPBC/KAN is also a member of the EBU and the Eurovision programme exchange network.

Principal Channels:

Television:      KAN 11, KAN Kids Channel and Makan 33 (Arabic)
Radio: Kan Bet, Kan Gimel, Kan Tarbut, Kan 88, Kan Moreshet, Kan Kol Hamusica, Kan REKA, Kan Makan (Arabic), Kan Farsi

CEO – Eldad Koblenz

Kanfey Nesharim 35, Jerusalem; Yona Kremnestky 6 , Tel Aviv;  Tel +972‑76‑8098000;


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
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ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany