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ZDF Enterprises, Nucleus Media Rights and 3zero2 announce new co-production 'Body of Water'

Brendan Foley to Serve as Showrunner for Crime Drama Series shot between Venice and London

London, Milan, Mainz - July 22, 2020 - ZDF Enterprises, Nucleus Media Rights and 3zero2 announced today a new co-production deal for Body of Water, a (8 x 50’) crime drama created by award-winning writer-director Brendan Foley (Cold Courage, Johnny Was) on an original concept by Fabio Resinaro (3Zero2). Foley will write and serve as showrunner. Producers are Piero Crispino (3zero2) and Bruno Zarka (Nucleus Media). Production is expected to start in 2021, shot in Venice and London, for a release in late 2022.

Two bodies, one man, one woman, found three years and a thousand miles apart. Both with mysterious markings on their skin. Both found in water, yet suffocated, not drowned. One in London’s River Thames; one in the canals of Venice. Neither ever identified. Body of Water follows a male British detective, obsessed with his unsolved river murder, as he searches for similarities in the Venice death, while butting up against a young Italian female investigator, determined to make a name for herself by solving the case alone. As they are forced into an uneasy alliance by each new clue, their cases crisscross across Europe, gradually pointing towards a cult that seems more rooted in myth than modern reality.

Body of Water is an exceptional project which will appeal to a global audience. We are very proud to bring this exciting show to the market.” said Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises.

"Soon after reading Fabio Resinaro’s idea, I immediately thought that Body of Water had a great potential. This was soon to be confirmed by our partnership with Nucleus Media Rights and now by the co-production deal with a such prestigious player as ZDF Enterprises” said Piero Crispino, founder and CEO of 3Zero2. “I’m also delighted that Brendan Foley has stepped into the project with his unique talent to turn the original idea into an extraordinary series for the international audience".

“It’s a thrill to be producing this exciting series with such great partners as ZDFE and 3zero2”, added Bruno Zarka, CEO, Nucleus Media Rights. “And with Brendan Foley as showrunning helm, we could not be in better hands for this incredible series.”

Brendan Foley is an award-winning writer-director with international experience across TV drama, feature films and books. His most recent work as series writer includes Luminoir's 2020 Nordic Noir, Cold Courage, for Lionsgate and Viaplay and the upcoming Man Who Died for streamer Elisa and a new series under wraps with Canada’s Blue Ant. Previous feature film credits include Johnny Was and The Riddle, starring Sir Derek Jacobi, Vinnie Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, while his books include Random House Top Ten Amazon UK bestseller Under the Wire, about WWII's Great Escape. He was previously an award-winning features journalist who covered business, the environment and conflict in 77 countries. 


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 co-productions, 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.

About Nucleus Media
Operating as a wholly integrated studio from concept creation to production and distribution, based in London, Los Angeles, Milan, Mumbai, and Seoul. Developing and producing original ideas as well as based upon successful books. We cater to a global audience, adults (drama series), children, and family audiences (animation T.V. series and features). 

About 3zero2
3zero2 is an Italian production company, part of Euro Media Group. Founded in 2002 and based in Milan, 3zero2 produces highly acclaimed tv series (“Alex&Co”, “Penny on M.A.R.S”), feature films (“Il Vegetale”, “Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori”) and prime-time formats (“Colorado Cafè”, “Chopped”, “Big Show”) for RAI, Disney, Mediaset, SKY, Viacom and Discovery.


Media contacts
Contact ZDF Enterprises:
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications)
Tel.: +49 6131-9911130

For Nucleus Media Rights: Marylou Johnston +33 6 87 77 49 89

3Zero2: Mongini Comunicazione - Simona Bastioni +39 349 5777825


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


Brendan Foley at previous International Emmy judging in Shanghai
Brendan Foley in Santa Monica 2019