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ZDF Enterprises secures distribution rights for new Channel 4 crime thriller 'Before We Die'

Global distributor, ex North America, for Eagle Eye Drama’s latest production

Mainz,October 14th, 2020

ZDF Enterprises has secured the distribution rights (excluding North America) for a new six-part crime series, Before We Die, produced by Eagle Eye Drama for Channel 4.

Based on the Swedish series of the same name, Before We Die stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Clocking Off, Three Girls), Patrick Gibson (The Tudors, The OA) and Vincent Regan (Troy, 300, Poldark). The thriller follows a detective from the organised crime unit, who faces tough choices when she discovers her estranged son is an undercover informant in a brutal murder investigation involving Eastern European drug gangs.

Eagle Eye Drama, the team behind global drama brand Walter Presents, are filming the series in England and Belgium with delivery expected in Spring 2021. Before We Die will be directed by leading Belgian director Jan Matthys (Baptiste, The Last Kingdom, Our Girl), and has been adapted and written by Matt Baker.

Robert Franke, Vice President ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises, said: “The team behind Walter Presents have superb judgement when it comes to selecting international dramas for their platform and Before We Die is no exception. A brilliant thriller that will keep audiences in suspense.”

Walter Iuzzolino, CEO Eagle Eye Drama added: “The original Swedish thriller Before We Die is one of my favourite thrillers in the Walter Presents collection and having the opportunity to re-imagine such a wonderful story is an absolute honour and a pleasure. We’ve assembled an outstanding cast and truly talented production team with Jan Matthys at the helm to deliver a glossy, tension packed, memorable British thriller.”

ZDF Enterprises are also the distributor of the original Swedish version which was sold to Google, iTunes, Amazon, NPO (Netherlands), Australia’s SBS, VRT (Belgium), Okko (Russia) and Germany’s ZDF and ProSiebenSat.1 amongst others.

Before We Die is produced by Eagle Eye Drama in association with Caviar and is supported by Screen Flanders and the Belgian tax shelter via Caviar Film Financing. Executive producers are Jo McGrath, Walter Iuzzolino and Bert Hamelinck.


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
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


Lesley Sharp
Patrick Gibson
Vincent Regan