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ZDF Enterprises Number One in “Top 30 of the most screened factual programs”

Mainz, 10th May 2012

The screening results of the MIPdoc Library 2012 have once again confirmed the importance of ZDF Enterprises as provider of high-quality factual programs on the international market place. In the  Top 30 ranking of the titles requested most frequently by international buyers, five programs come from the ZDF Enterprises catalogue. Last year, the firm made the hit list with four programs. With altogether five titles, ZDF Enterprises also came in ahead of other competitors on the hit list. Only A+E Networks USA and EBS South Korea scored with three titles each, all other competitors came in with only two programs, or just one.

The ZDF Enterprises programs on the Top 30 list:

The MIP highlight “Holy War” is a five-part series that comprehensively describes the wars fought between Christianity and Islam since the founding of Islam and up to the attacks of 11 September 2001. In three episodes, “Ancient X Files,” which belongs to the same genre (History & Biographies), scientifically examines ancient myths such as the Philosopher’s Stone and the Holy Grail. A title from the Doclights/NDR Naturfilm package, “Crocodiles – Caring Killers,” awakened buyers’ interest in the Wildlife & Nature genre. Two new, magazine-like formats from the field of Science & Knowledge also made it on the list: “The Science of Everyday Living” (Perfect Cleaning / Perfect Cooking), which sheds light on everyday phenomena in an entertaining manner and from a surprising perspective;  and “Missing Link,” which brings humor and an element of surprise into finding the most surprising connections between subjects that seem to have no connections between them whatsoever.


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