ZDF Enterprises sells major drama program package to ELISA for Chinese SVOD market
Mainz, 20th March 2019
ZDF Enterprises and Elisa, Finland’s pioneer in telecommunications and digital services, have signed an agreement for the acquisition of over 100 hours of drama programming for the Chinese SVOD market. The licensed titles include Nordic Noir series such as the Swedish political drama ‘Blue Eyes’ (10x60’), the intense Finnish smugglers’ drama ‘Welcome to Texas’ (10x45’), Sweden’s TV-drama-hit ‘Thicker Than Water’ (10x60’), a dark primetime family chronicle set in the Stockholm’s archipelago as well as ‘Arne Dahl’ (10x90’), a series based on the immensely popular crime novels from author Arne Dahl about an elite force within the Swedish police, which have long since spilled over the borders of Scandinavia.
In Summer 2018, Elisa signed a cooperation agreement with China Broadcasting and Television Media (CBM, a subsidiary of China Broadcasting Network), the leading provider of IPTV services in China, to provide Nordic TV to Chinese cable TV households. Nordic TV is part of Elisa’s international entertainment business and based on subscriptions like Elisa Viihde, which includes Nordic movies, TV shows, documentaries, sports and entertainment programs.
Robert Franke, ZDF Enterprises‘ VP ZDFE.drama: “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting story. Nordic TV’s service was piloted to more than 10 million people last year and it was found that Chinese consumers are interested in Nordic content and willing to pay for it“.
Jussi Nyfelt, Director of Nordic TV at Elisa: “Our objective is to provide Nordic TV to 245 million Chinese cable TV households by July 2019. We are elated to have some of ZDF Enterprises’ best drama series on board on this journey”.
Elisa is a pioneer in telecommunications and digital services. We serve approximately 2.8 million consumer, corporate and public administration organisation customers, and have over 6.2 million subscriptions in our extensive network. Cooperation with Vodafone and Telenor, among others, enables globally competitive services. Our core markets are Finland and Estonia, and we also provide digital services for international markets. Elisa’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. In 2018, our revenue was EUR 1.83 billion euros, and we employed 4,800 people. As a responsible Finnish market leader, our operations are guided by continuous improvement. Further information on www.elisa.com, Facebook (@elisasuomi) and Twitter (@ElisaOyj).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org , www.zdf-enterprises.de