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ZDF Enterprises sells Canal+ series "Crematorio" to Sky

Award-winning series to be aired on Sky Atlantic HD

Mainz, 7th February 2013

ZDF Enterprises has sold the Spanish TV series “Crematorio” to Sky Deutschland, where it is aired on Monday nights at 10 pm by Sky Atlantic HD. Based on the book by Rafael Chirbes (awarded the “Premio Nacional de la Crítica 2008”), the internationally successful series was originally produced by Mod Producciones on behalf of Canal+ and awarded the “Premio Ondas” and the “Premio de la Crítica” at the FesTVal of Vitoria (Spain) in 2011 as best Spanish TV series. The cast’s compelling achievements were also repeatedly honored. In 2012 Alicia Borrachero won the Spanish Screen Actors Gild Award as best lead actress, and Juana Acosta as best female supporting role.

The series, which is also shown on HBO Latin America, for example, relates in epic scenes not only the story of the Bertomeu family, but also the rise and fall of the old order, the decline of the “old days,” the conflict between guilt and redemption. In Misent, a fictitious city on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, the building contractor Rubén Bertomeu has founded and built up a construction empire over the decades. His profitable range of designs – which is partly why Spain’s coasts look the way they do – stands on its own shaky basis of dirty deals, corruption, personal dependencies and simple violence. His empire begins to collapse when the times change. The patriarch and his clan – who are either on his side or on their own – defend themselves each in their own way. Corruption and greed, values and virtues – what remains in the end?


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


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