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ZDF Enterprises secures worldwide distribution of ZDF/BBC co-production ‘The Celts: Blood, Iron & Sacrifice’

Mainz, 10th August 2016

ZDF Enterprises has announced that it will be responsible for worldwide distribution of ‘The Celts: Blood, Iron & Sacrifice’ (3x50'), the documentary produced by Gruppe 5 for BBC, ZDF/arte and ZDF Enterprises. The presenterless version will also be completed before MIPCOM 2016 in October.

The three-part documentary examines the life and work of the tribes, who were called “Celts” or “Gauls” by their enemies and whose homelands spanned from Spain, England and France to Slovenia and Anatolia. They greatly influenced the history of Europe for almost a thousand years and kept Rome ever watchful. Today, new archaeological findings paint a much more precise picture of them.

In the 1st century B.C., Europe was firmly in the hands of the Celts. And when they began to cross the Alps, this was perceived as an affront to the upstart superpower Rome. Caesar even marched into Gaul to subjugate all of the Celtic tribes. Nevertheless, the Celt Vercingetorix united the tribes against the Romans in a conflict that lasted seven years. His captivity sealed the fate of the free Celts on the continent. The Roman army finally turned its attention to Britain, an island rich in resources with powerful tribes and druids, and advanced military equipment.

The last episode tells the story of the Celts’ last stand against the Roman army led by another great leader, the warrior Queen Boudicca. The Romans beat the Celts devastatingly. As a consequence, the Celts submitted to Roman rule. Interestingly enough, however, parts of their culture have survived in Scotland, England, Ireland and Brittany even until today.

A promo reel of the program can be viewed in ZDF Enterprises' online screening at

Registered users can view full-length episodes under the same link.


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