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ZDF Enterprises offers two major productions to commemorate the centennial of the sinking of the RMS TITANIC

Mainz, 27th December 2011.

On 14 April 2012 the world will be commemorating the centennial of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The international producer and distributor of top-quality TV programs ZDF Enterprises announces two major new productions devoted to this catastrophe: one a miniseries, the other a documentary; both are ideal for broadcasters looking for up-to-date programs in these two genres.

“Saving the Titanic” (1 x 90’ or 2 x 50’) is the first-ever documentary special to focus on the heroes behind the disaster: the engineers and shipbuilders below deck who did their utmost to keep the stricken ship afloat. It’s the story of the men whose efforts to keep the power systems running helped save the lives of many passengers. Produced with a budget of over 1.5 million euros, this “behind-the-scenes” story of the Titanic is based on eyewitness accounts and enhanced with re-enactments and detailed CGI of the ship and its drive technology. The program has already been sold to Viasat (eastern Europe and Scandinavia) and Servus TV (Austria); negotiations are underway with a renowned US American broadcaster.

The epic miniseries “Titanic” (2 x 90’ or 4 x 65’) is the brainchild of Oscar® winning writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park) and BAFTA winning producer Nigel Stafford-Clark (Bleak House). Starring Linus Roache, Geraldine Somerville, Celia Imrie, Toby Jones and other distinguished stars, the multi-million euro television event retells the doomed voyage by subtly interweaving action, mystery and romantic plotlines before bringing them all together in an explosive finale. As the story unfolds over each film, we follow events through the eyes of a host of characters from across the social spectrum, offering captivating insights into the world of 1912 and the tragic events leading up to the icy deaths of 1517 passengers. The miniseries is produced by Lookout Point and Sienna Films for ITV, and is by supported by major broadcasters around the world including ABC (US), TF 1 (France), Channel Seven (Australia), TV NZ (New Zealand), SVT (Sweden) and many other broadcasters.

ZDF Enterprises holds the distribution rights for German-speaking territories and Central and Eastern Europe. The remaining distribution rights are with ITV Global Entertainment.

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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), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. 0049 6131-991228, fax 0049 6131-991229, e-mail: denilauler.c@zdf.de, www.zdf-enterprises.de.

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

Phone
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
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+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
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christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de
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Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany