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ZDF Enterprises showcases "Prime Crime", "History to go" and "Spring Feelings" at this year's MIPTV

Mainz, 24th March 2010

At this spring's TV industry trade fair MIPTV in Cannes (12 to 16 April), ZDF Enterprises is putting the spotlight on sought-after genres: crime thrillers, history documentaries and romantic TV movies. With several important new entries in these categories, the ZDF Enterprises spring portfolio allows buyers to stock up on programs both timely and timeless.

Our "Prime Crime" line-up of police thrillers and cop series includes a new season of the dark Danish series "The Killing" (30 x 60' incl. 10 new eps. / HD) starring Sofie Gråbøl as independent-minded Copenhagen homicide investigator Sarah Lund. Nearly as intense as Lund is "Criminalist" (33 x 45' / 4 new eps.) Bruno Schumann, played by Christian Berkel, who penetrates the psyche of the victim in order to unblock the path to the killer. A new and darkly mysterious investigator is "Flemming" (5 x 45' and 1 x 90' pilot), a police psychologist and unrepentant womanizer. Also awaiting buyers are a new season of "Hamburg Dockland" (97 x 45', 25 new eps.), new episodes of "The Fifth Commandment" (10 x 45', 6 new eps.) and a new addition to the popular city-based whodunits, "Stuttgart Homicide" (45 x 45', 25 new eps.). Standing out among the new suspenseful TV Movies is the thriller "Whiteout" (2 x 90' / HD) based on a novel by international bestselling author Ken Follett.

Documentaries on historical topics are one of the pillars of the ZDF Enterprises portfolio, and our "History to go"-line-up features several brand-new programs on highly important and up-to-the-minute topics. "South Africa – The Land of Hope" (3 x 52' / HD), coproduced with the SABC, takes an in-depth look at the history of the "rainbow nation" and host of the 2010 World Cup. "Great India" (2 x 50' / HD) focuses on two great historical legacies of India, and "America Before Columbus" (2 x 52' / HD) travels to the year 1491, when the civilizations of the Americas had no idea of the convulsions awaiting them. The fascinating history of archaeology is the topic of "Secrets in the Dust" (6 x 52' / HD), and in "The Biblical Plagues" (3 x 52' or 2 x 47' / HD), trailblazing scientific research yields startling new theories. Finally, "Islam and the West" (3 x 52' / HD) seeks an answer to the question as to whether these two cultures are doomed to remain strangers.

In ZDF Enterprises' "Spring Feelings" focus, the accent is on love. Next to new seasons of the ever-popular "Rosamunde Pilcher," "Inga Lindstroem," "Dream Voyage" and "Cruise into Cloud Nine" collections, two new TV-Movie cycles are being launched at MIP TV: the Joanna Trollope Collection, based on romances by the bestselling British author, and the "Summer in…" cycle of stories set in captivating locations, and always in the summer!

For young viewers, ZDF Enterprises has a sparkling and inspirational new series for tweens and teens, "Dance Academy" (52 x 26'). Produced by Joana Werner, the half-hour drama centers on a group of teens at Australia's National Academy of Dance, who are passionate about making a career as dancers.

Buyers at MIPTV can also get a first glimpse at some of ZDF Enterprises' upcoming programs, such as the next season of Jonathan M. Shiff's "The Elephant Princess" (26 x 26' and 1 x 45' making of) and the children's animated series "Sherlock Yack," as well as documentaries on John Demjanjuk, the Japanese Yakuza, the "real" Shakespeare, Robinson Crusoe's treasure, Hitler's colonies and more. Upcoming dramas include the story of the first internationally known female underwater photographer, and a new season of the iEmmy award winning Danish crime series "The Protectors."

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**About ZDF Enterprises**
Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

**Contact ZDF Enterprises**
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. 0049 6131-991228, fax 0049 6131-991229, e-mail: [mailto:denilauler.c@zdf.de denilauler.c@zdf.de], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

Phone
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
Fax
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
E-Mail
christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de
Address
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany