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ZDF Enterprises presents international program developments at WCSFP

Launch of innovative productions from Gruppe 5 and Story House Productions

Mainz, 29.11.2013

ZDF Enterprises will be introducing an exciting portfolio of international program developments to industry professionals from around the world at the 21st World Congress of Science & Factual Producers (WCSFP), which will take place in Montreal from 3 to 6 December 2013. The focus is on the program developments which the Mainz rights licensor has commissioned from the renowned, multiple award-winning German production companies Gruppe 5 and Story House Productions and will be distributing comprehensively around the globe.

Under the direction of Uwe Kersken, the Cologne Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion is currently developing the production “World in Motion” (3 x 52’). It describes how our world is constantly in motion and shows how civilizations arise and disappear solely because of the existence of three phenomena: migration, commerce, war & peace. For centuries now, people have been wandering across the earth and exchanging plants, animals, weapons, products and ideas. The story of humanity is narrated in three episodes, and questions answered such as “Who emigrated when, where and why?” “Which commercial routes existed and how did the existence of commerce and money influence the course of history?” and “Who conducted the first war, where and why?”

Story House Productions are working with ZDF Enterprises on the development of 360-degree contents on the topic of aliens. For the productions “World War A – The Human Chronicles” and “Mammoth Outbreak,” co-production partners, especially from the VOD domain, are still being sought.

“World War A – The Human Chronicles” is a docu-drama series that examines the statements of leading scientists from around the world who are predicting an invasion of aliens and its possible process. With the help of user-generated video material relating to UFO landings and with the help of a story which is based on sound scientific theories and high-quality realisation, the series takes on a unique perspective and exceptional look. Further highlights include the physicist Stephen Hawking, insights into American and British “top secret” classified military plans in the theoretical event of extraterrestrial attacks as well as diplomatic scenarios of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs for negotiations with aliens.

The 90-minute docu-drama “Mammoth Outbreak” is an intense and suspenseful scientific thriller about the unintentional consequences of scientific research. “Mammoth Outbreak” relates the story of an amazing find and its dramatic consequences and is based on latest researches: scientists unearth a perfectly conserved mammoth in the Siberian tundra and unwittingly awaken a once deadly virus that has been inactive now for 15,000 years. “Mammoth Outbreak” is a fictional event movie, but based on thorough scientific research.

Ralf Rückauer, VP ZDFE.factual at ZDF Enterprises: "Next year we will team up with our colleagues from ZDF’s factual departments in order to launch top-class documentaries such as ''Women Who Made History' or 'KNIGHTS' in the international markets. In addition to this, we will use our sales expertise to support renowned producers at a very early stage in the development of superdocs. Jointly we will be looking for international partners for our projects and VOD platforms play an increasingly important role.”


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 coproductions, 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.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, 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
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