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ZDF Enterprises mourns the loss of Thomas Sewing

Co-CEO of ZDF.Digital Medienproduktion GmbH dies at the age of 38

Mainz, 20th May 2011

ZDF Enterprises mourns the loss of Thomas Sewing, who died last Tuesday at the age of only 38 years after a long battle against cancer. He leaves a wife and two children.

Thomas Sewing was managing partner of our subsidiary firm ZDF Digital Medienproduktion GmbH, Mainz, as well as COO of the holding company F 12 Media GmbH, Munich. He was employed by our firm from January 2004 to May 2010, most recently as head of the business segment clips sales.

Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, is deeply shaken: "With Thomas Sewing, we lose first and foremost a man with truly special personal and social qualities. His integrity, commitment, enthusiasm, courage, and open, friendly disposition won him an extraordinary amount of affection and respect. Further, and in spite of his youth, he was an outstanding business partner who tirelessly and successfully developed new projects and business segments, as well as new ways of improving customer relations, for the benefit of our company and our colleagues. His human and entrepreneurial example will remain with us as a source of inspiration."


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


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