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ZDF Enterprises markets package of high-caliber factual NatGeo Channel docs

ZDF Enterprises takes over exclusive sales worldwide

Washington, DC / Mainz, Germany – September 20th, 2010

ZDF Enterprises has taken over the exclusive worldwide sales of a package of more than 60 hours of National Geographic Channel factual documentary programming, it was announced today. The agreement was negotiated by (on picture from left to right) Judy Levenson, (Sr. Manager, Development & Co-Production, National Geographic Channel), ZDF Enterprises', Alexander Coridass (President and CEO), Kristina Hollstein (Director Coproductions and Development / Documentaries ), Whit Higgins, (Director, Development & Co-Production National Geographic Channel) and Nikolas Huelbusch (Project Manager Coproductions and Development / Documentaries at ZDF Enterprises).

Thanks to the extensive collaboration that has been agreed upon, ZDF Enterprises can exclusively offer its customers these high-caliber programs for a variety of purposes such as TV, AV, DVD and online. The package consists of programs that have already successfully aired on National Geographic Channel in the U.S.. The programs are shot in HD and will be part of ZDF Enterprises’ portfolio of factual series. The first series to be introduced by ZDF Enterprises at MIPCOM is 'Delta Divers', a true-life action adventure which offers a unique view into the adrenaline-filled lives and works of commercial underwater divers and their suspenseful stories and toughest jobs. Other series included in the package are 'Alaska State Troopers', a series which follows one of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation and captures the dramatic challenges they have to face each and every day as well as 'Inside Hubble's Final Mission', where American astronaut John Herrington gives a rare behind the scenes look at the people, places and things that have prepared the crew and the Space Shuttle Atlantis for the final voyage to the Hubble Space Telescope.

National Geographic Channel recently received 19 Emmy nominations for excellence in news and documentary, just one less than HBO and more than all competing networks combined. This marks the third year in a row that National Geographic Channel has received the most nominations of any ad supported cable network.

In the words of Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: "For decades now, the National Geographic Channel brand has been known for successful, top-quality documentary productions that have been awarded over 100 Emmys to date. We are proud to have been able to reach this agreement with National Geographic Channel. I am convinced that ZDF Enterprises with its expertise in distribution and renown and first-class service will be the ideal partner for National Geographic Channel in the marketing of these programs."


**About National Geographic Channel**
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channel (NGC) is a joint venture between National Geographic Ventures (NGV) and Fox Cable Networks (FCN). Since launching in January 2001, NGC initially earned some of the fastest distribution growth in the history of cable and more recently the fastest ratings growth in television. The network celebrated its fifth anniversary in January 2006 with the launch of NGC HD, which provides the spectacular imagery that National Geographic is known for in stunning high definition. NGC has carriage with all of the nation's major cable and satellite television providers, making it currently available in more than 70 million homes. For more information, please visit [].

**About National Geographic Channels International**
National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) invites viewers to live curious through its smart, innovative programming that questions what we know, how we view the world and what drives us forward. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Television (NGT) and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its six channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Music. Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S., which is a joint venture of NGT and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in more than 330 million homes in 166 countries and 34 languages.

**Contact NatGeo**
Russell Howard, National Geographic Channel, 202-912-6652, []
Cherry Yates, National Geographic Channels International, 202-912-6689, []


**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), 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