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ZDF Enterprises sells Ukrainian crime noir "Hide and Seek" to Sony Pictures Entertainment Germany

Mainz, January 22nd, 2021

ZDF Enterprises has licensed Hide and Seek (8 x 50'), the first crime noir produced in Ukraine, to Sony Pictures Entertainment Germany. The series is expected to be available in both German and the original Russian language on the SONY CHANNEL, the channel for outstanding European series in German Pay-TV, from autumn 2021.

Filmed in over 80 locations in the Ukraine, Hide and Seek is a tension-filled story about children who mysteriously disappear from a small industrial town, and two detectives, battling their own demons, who make it their personal mission to track down the kidnapper.

Hide and Seek, a thriller with a female lead, produced by FILM.UA Group for ICTV Ukraine and OKKO Russia, has already premiered in the US and Canada on GSN ("Walter Presents"). In Europe, it has so far been licensed to Rai (Italy), FTV Prima (Czech Republic), Bonton Film (Czech Republic and Slovakia), Canal+ (Poland), ETV (Estonia) and LRT (Lithuania), Lumière (Benelux).

The crime drama was a finalist at the last MIPDrama Buyers Summit and has been screened at renowned festivals such as the Berlinale, Seriecamp Munich, MIA Rome, the Swedish Gothenburg festival and the Séries series festival in Fontainebleau.

Marius Rocholl, Director Programming & Acquisitions GSA at Sony Pictures Entertainment Germany, is pleased: “With Hide and Seek we were able to win a real crime noir pearl for our channel portfolio. The Ukrainian production is a perfect addition to our program, which already consists of outstanding European series. We are very pleased that we were able to bring another high-quality, exciting series into the German-speaking region for our viewers."

Robert Franke, Head of ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises, comments: "Hide and Seek has all the hallmarks of a top-quality thriller: a gripping plot, great actors and an intelligent script. With crime dramas being one of the most popular genres on television, it comes as no surprise that this series is so popular."

Hide and Seek is the first collaboration between ZDF Enterprises and the FILM.UA Group, producers of the international box office hit The Sniffer. ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide distribution of Hide and Seek outside of Ukraine, Russia and the CIS. The contract with Sony Pictures Entertainment Germany was negotiated by Sebastian Krekeler, Director ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises while Mirela Nastase, Director ZDFE.drama, had secured the distribution rights with production company Film.UA.

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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:,



SONY CHANNEL is the broadcaster for outstanding and award-winning European series. Here is where the premier league of European productions is celebrating their exclusive German premieres. Successful series such as Call The Midwife, primetime hits such as Poldark with Hobbit star Aidan Turner, the award-winning series A Very English Scandal with Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw or the highly acclaimed crime series Father Brown join in from Great Britain. Much-praised French series such as the political thriller Baron Noir or the charming successful production Call My Agent! with stars like Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche or Monica Bellucci have also found their home at SONY CHANNEL. The other highlights that SONY CHANNEL is offering in its German premiere include the successful Spanish fashion saga Velvet and the Belgian cyber drama Unit 42. The SONY CHANNEL presents its program in HD, in two-channel sound, without commercial breaks and also on demand. In Germany, the SONY CHANNEL is distributed via Vodafone, MagentaTV, Prime Video Channels, M7, PŸUR and NetCologne, in Austria via HD Austria and A1 Telekom and in Switzerland via Blue and UPC. More information on In addition to the action & entertainment channel SONY AXN and the anime offer ANIMAX, SONY CHANNEL is the third Sony Pictures brand in German-speaking countries. The Sony Pictures portfolio comprises 189 channel feeds that are available in 178 countries and reach nearly two billion people worldwide.

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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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