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ZDF Enterprises sells extensive package of natural history films to Nat Geo WILD US and International

Mainz, 17th March 2015

ZDF Enterprises and Nat Geo WILD US and International have concluded an agreement about the acquisition of seven natural history productions. The licensed programs will be available globally on Nat Geo WILD in 162 countries, excluding Germany. Titles premiering in 2015 in the US on Nat Geo WILD include:

• “Secret Garden,” on Sunday, March 22 at 10 pm ET/PT
• “The Eagle,” on Sunday, May 10, at 10 pm ET/PT
• “Animal Record Breakers,” on Wednesday, May 13, at 9 pm ET/PT
• “Masters of the Wild,” on Wednesday, May 13 at 10 pm ET/PT
• “Deadly Game,” and “Top Cats” will premiere later this year

All programs were produced by Doclights, Germany’s leading producer of animal and natural history documentaries. Using state-of-the-art technology, with HD high speed cameras, boroscope lenses, computer-controlled time lapse and the latest mini helicopters, our planet’s wildlife is spectacularly captured in these films, to be enjoyed by a global audience.

Ralf Rückauer, VP ZDFE.factual at ZDF Enterprises: “We are delighted to have this longstanding cooperation with Nat Geo WILD, which is immensely successful for both parties. At the same time, this further deal highlights the appeal of German documentaries on the international market, as all the licensed titles were made by German producers. Wildlife documentaries “made in Germany” are a definite export hit.”


About Nat Geo WILD
Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo WILD uses spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world. Launched in 2006, Nat Geo WILD is part of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and is available in more than 160 countries and 180 million homes. Nat Geo WILD HD launched in the U.K. in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland, Spain and Russia. Further expansion is expected globally. For more information, please visit


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


Animal Record Breakers
Geheimnisvoller Garten
Masters of the Wild
Top Cats