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ZDF Enterprises sells package of top-class documentaries to France TV

Mainz, 11th July 2016

ZDF Enterprises announces a new sales deal with long standing partner France TV for French-speaking territories. France TV pre-bought several top-class programs from ZDFE.factual’s core areas Science and History:

The pre-buy “Apocalypse Neanderthal” (2 x 50’, produced by Story House Productions and C-Tales Entertainment in association with ZDF Enterprises, History® and History TV) investigates why Neanderthals were extinct although recent genetic and archaeological discoveries have proven that they were cultured, technologically savvy and more like us than we ever imagined!

Also pre-bought was “How Climate Made History” (2 x50’, produced by Story House Productions for ZDF and ZDF Enterprises), which takes a fresh look at human history in the light of Earth’s volatile climate – a gripping narrative that explores little-known connections between the Earth’s climate and major historical events.

The series “The Ascent of Civilization” (3 x 50’, produced by Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion for ZDF and ZDF Enterprises) questions the myths and unravels age-old clichés about ancient cultures. What were the Vikings really like? What did the Romans accomplish? And do the singular achievements of the ancient Greeks live on in us today?

Finally, the German-Polish two-parter “The Invasion: The Outbreak of World War II” (2 x 50’, produced by ZDF in an historical collaboration with TVP Poland) reconstructs how Hitler triggered a chain of events that sparked a global conflagration and depicts the intense suffering of the Polish people, the first victims of the war.


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


Apocalypse Neanderthal
The Ascent of Civilization
The Invasion: The Outbreak of World War II
How Climate Made History