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ZDF Enterprises puts spotlight on kids' programs, romantic dramas and top-level docs at MIPCOM

Mainz, 14 September 2010

TV industry buyers coming to Cannes for the MIPCOM trade fair (4 to 8 October 2010) can expect premium new programs in several genres from ZDF Enterprises. Topping the line-up are children's and youth programs coproduced with international specialists such as Jonathan M. Shiff, Les Cartooneurs Associés and DQ Entertainment. The second season of the Shiff coproduction "The Elephant Princess" (52 x 26' / 26 new episodes) is now available, and features darker storylines and appealing new characters, as well as more music and romance. Also vying for buyers' interest are preschool series such as the third season of the "Laura's Star" (52 x 11' / 17 new episodes) and the new "Ludovic" (26 x 11') animated series about a little bear who can make household objects come to life. The animated series "Tempo Express" (26 x 26') promises youngsters fun with history as they travel back in time with a trio of lively young guides.

The first of ZDF Enterprises' new factual series produced by or coproduced with prestigious documentary experts such as National Geographic and HISTORY are being presented at MIPCOM: "License to Drill" (6 x 45' / HD) and the one-hour doc "Delta Divers" (2 x 50' / HD). Both are about tough, fearless men who work in dangerous conditions and under enormous pressure. More programs in this genre are coming next spring!

An important documentary about "Hitler's Lost Battleship" (1 x 50' / HD) brings not only a super-vessel of the Third Reich to the world's attention, but also an upstanding German captain who defied Hitler's orders.

Fiction is always a mainstay of ZDF Enterprises' portfolio, and this fall the accent is on two daily soaps: "Hanna – Follow Your Heart" (130 x 45'), the sequel to the popular "Alisa" with many of the same characters as the first series; and "Forbidden Love" (400 x 24') a long-running "cult" soap with a global fan base. Also female-skewing is the special program focus "Wherever Love Takes You," featuring the brand-new romantic TV movie collections based on the bestselling novels by Emilie Richards and Katie Fforde, set in New Zealand and New York's Hudson Valley, respectively. The "A Summer in…" collection gives viewers the feeling of summer vacation in an exotic location, where Love is always among the guests.

Another special focus in this fall's line-up are scripted dramas shot in Africa and reflecting Africa's increasing importance as a source for high-quality, internationally appealing television programs. While "Congo" (1 x 90' / HD) uncovers the horrifying secrets behind the alleged suicide of a peace-keeping soldier in the Eastern Congo, "Mission in Africa" (1 x 90' / HD) stars Walter Sittler as a German ambassador who risks his life to find out why the AIDS medication from Germany is not reaching the Zambian clinics that urgently need it. "Ella's Secret," penned by South African author Stefanie Sycholt, explores a love affair between a white woman and a black man in the apartheid era, and the woman's return 40 years later to confront her past and search for the daughter she had to give away.

Programs currently in production will also be introduced at MIPCOM, such as the 3D HD animated series "Lassie" and "Peter Pan" in 21st century adaptations from India's DQ Entertainment, makers of the successful "The Jungle Book" series.

Among the major documentary coproductions coming in the near future are the five-part "The Greeks" (5 x 50' / HD), to be produced by Gruppe 5, and new installments of Andreas Kieling's "World's Wildest Encounters" (2 x 52' / HD). New fictional programs include "Jit - The Team" (4 x 90' / 8 x 50' / HD), about ace police officers fighting crime across national borders, "Sebastian Bergman" (2 x 90' / HD), about Sweden's leading police profiler, and "The Mine Clearer" (1 x 90' / HD), a thriller set in Africa.

This fall, merchandising executives can find a wealth of interesting ideas for marketing youth programs such as "The Jungle Book," "Dance Academy" and "The Elephant Princess."


**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
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ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany