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ZDF Enterprises sign exclusive distribution contract with S4C International

ZDF Enterprises expands documentary portfolio through exclusive distribution contract with S4C International

Mainz / Germany, 3rd March 2005

As one of the world leaders in documentary production and distribution, ZDF Enterprises is proud to announce a new exclusive partner and the expansion of its high-quality portfolio.

With its acquisition volume of over 400 programme hours a year solely for the documentary slots of ZDF German Television and its partner stations, ZDF Enterprises is the largest buyer of international documentaries in the German-language countries. Top productions from around the world are constantly being screened and acquired.

Fred Burcksen, Vice President Distribution and Investments states that "... we've been concentrating on building up an independent program portfolio for our clients in the German-language territories" through the purchase of an additional 200 hours a year. "We help steer our international partners in a TV market that is increasingly complex, continuously growing and difficult to assess from the outside," says Burcksen.

This is reason enough for the distinguished Welsh broadcaster/distributor S4C International to entrust its documentary catalogue exclusively to ZDF Enterprises for distribution in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Huw Walters, Director of International Business at S4C, is pleased "that we were able to sign the deal. We have some excellent documentaries in our portfolio produced by a wide range of independent producers in Wales and beyond. We need a strong partner in Germany for them, a firm that has an excellent knowledge of the market, a good name in the genre, and that can market our programs broadly." The agreement is valid for the next 5 years and will also include all future S4C documentaries to be produced.


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 programme acquisitions and international coproductions 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 programm, 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 recognised 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. +49-6131-991228, fax +49-6131-991229, e-mail: []


S4C International has established a worldwide reputation for its high quality animation and documentaries. Programs are produced both in Wales and internationally through co-productions, resulting in products that have sold to broadcasters across the globe.
S4C have achieved great success with documentary programs. Co-producing with companies such as ZDF, Discovery and France 5 has resulted in documentaries that are among the best in the world. S4C’s animation programs are renowned for their pioneering techniques and unquestionable quality. The programs vary in their style of animation from full-cell to puppet, claymation and the unique oil-on-glass technique. The themes are universal, appealing to all audiences from pre-school to adults. The proof of the success of S4C-productions lies in worldwide sales and prestigious awards including Oscar nominations, Prime Time Emmys and BAFTA awards.

Contact S4C International:
Huw Walters (Director of International Business), S4C International, 50 Lambourne Crescent, Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 5GG, telephone +44 (0)29 2074 1440, fax +44 (0)29 2075 444, 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