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ZDF Enterprises scores a hit at MIPTV 2005 with fictional programs

Crime series and romantic TV movies are the bestselling individual programs

Mainz, 18th April 2005

ZDF Enterprises is extremely satisfied with its performance at MIPTV 2005, the television trade fair that has just ended, announces the ZDF sales and distribution subsidiary today.

In the area of program sales it was possible to conclude agreements with a large number of international partners, with 94 % of revenue resulting from the sale of fictional programs. In this genre the bestselling individual programs were the detective series Siska and The Investigator as well as TV films from the Bella Block, Rosa Roth, Dream Ship, Inga Lindstroem and Rosamunde Pilcher collections. The most extensive sales contracts were drawn up with the broadcasters M6 (France), YLE (Finland), Mediaset (Italy), RTBF (Belgium) and the Czech broadcasters TV Nova and Prima. In the documentary sector, sales agreements were concluded with (Italy), Slovak TV (Slovakia), Voyage (France), Planeta (Spain), VRT (Netherlands), RTL Klub (Hungary) and Schlessinger (USA). It also proved possible to find buyers from a number of territories, including the Netherlands, Norway and Croatia, for ZDF children’s programs.

It emerged from MIPTV 2005 that ZDF programs are particularly popular in French-speaking areas. 46 % of the sales revenue was secured from French-speaking territories worldwide, followed by Central and Eastern Europe with 25 % and Italian-speaking countries with 11 %.

In terms of program purchase, negotiations were held with a whole range of national and international partners with a view to acquiring programs for the ZDF main channel and the ZDF subsidiary channels in the genres of fiction, children’s programs and fiction. The relevant agreements will be concluded in the weeks to come.

There was also great interest from potential coproduction partners; in terms of documentary coproduction, the major projects The Longest Night, Update 2056 and Welcome to China attracted considerable attention from international partners. Moreover, there was enthusiasm for coproduction projects involving programs for children and young people, including the new animation series Shaolin Wuzang and, in particular, the TV movie special and second series of the successful live action series Wicked Science.

Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises:"For many years ZDF has enjoyed a fine international reputation for excellent detective series and television movies. The outstanding results of MIPTV 2005 in these sectors indicate in impressive style that this reputation is well deserved. At the same time we have been able to re-invigorate once again long-standing partnerships - and to secure new clients and partners - in other program genres, with relation to both sales and coproduction.”


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 programme acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast programme 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 programmes, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its programme 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 recognised programme 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: []


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