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ZDF Enterprises signs first-look agreement with Bonafide Films

Mainz, 23rd March 2015

ZDF Enterprises has sealed a first-look deal with production company Bonafide Films to develop a new slate of scripted projects for the U.K. and international markets. Through the deal, ZDF Enterprises will have exclusive first-look rights to all Bonafide Films-produced scripted development, serve as deficit financier and handle worldwide distribution for the new slate of projects.

The deal marks the first long term partnership ZDF Enterprises enters into with a drama production company in the UK. The move is in line with the company’s strategy to grow the English language portfolio of programs.

Bonafide Films is in advanced development on a number of scripted drama and film projects with both upcoming and established writers including award winning writers Peter Moffat and Peter Straughan, and emerging talent Sabrina Mahfouz.

The company’s productions to date include “Talking to the Dead”, written by Gwyneth Hughes for Sky Living, “Nosferatu In Love” for Sky Arts - written and directed by Peter Straughan, and a new original comedy series for UKTV Dave in co-producton with BabyCow Productions, soon to be announced.

ZDF Enterprises distributes a catalogue of more than 5,000 hours of drama program on behalf of ZDF, in its own name as well as for third parties. Recent shows include “Blochin – The Living and the Dead”, “The Team”, “The Bridge/Bron”, “The Killing” and “The Fall”. 

Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: “Bonafide Films look to create bold, stand out drama and original comedy for television and film. They pride themselves on working with fantastic established and up and coming writing and directing talents. We at ZDF Enterprises have a long-standing experience in the development and worldwide distribution of drama programs and are convinced that we’ll be able to jointly create many international hits.”

Margery Bone, MD of Bonafide Films: “ As a partner ZDF Enterprises are hugely supportive creatively, sharing our drive to find the ambitious content that the international market demands. We are delighted to be collaborating with them and look forward to developing this relationship further into the future.”


About Bonafide Films
Bonafide Films is a TV drama and Film production company focused on working with the best talent and driven by finding the best ideas. We pride ourselves on working closely with some of Britain’s foremost writers and its an integral part of our DNA to nurture emerging talent, bringing brilliant drama and comedy to the screen.
Founded by producer Margery bone, Elwen Rowlands joined in 2012, and in 2014 the London and Newcastle based indie was selected as part of Creative England’s top 50 most inventive and creative companies in the country. 

Contact Bonafide Films
Mezzanine Level, 5 Denmark Street, London WC2H 8LP, T 0203 4890931, E


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