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ZDF Enterprises signs first-look agreement with Projector Pictures

Mainz, 30th March 2015

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German Pubcaster ZDF, has signed a first-look development and distribution deal with Projector Pictures, the production company behind shows such as “Kidnap and Ransom” and "The Body Farm".

Projector is currently developing a number of projects across the UK networks, as well as in the US, where they have been working with ABC Studios, Lionsgate and with Showtime, on a remake of “Kidnap and Ransom.” ZDF Enterprises distributes a catalogue of more than 5,000 hours of drama programming on behalf of ZDF as well as third parties. Recent shows include “Blochin – The Living and the Dead”, “The Team”, “The Bridge/Bron”, “The Killing” and “The Fall”. 

The deal, which begins with immediate effect, was brokered by Rachel Gesua, Executive Producer at Projector Pictures, Charles Moore, Partner at Wiggin, Karoline Meichsner-Sertl, VP Legal Affairs at ZDF Enterprises and Tasja Abel, VP ZDFE.drama.

Fred Burcksen, Executive VP and COO of ZDF Enterprises: “Projector Pictures’ approach to programming and its commitment to creating distinctive, innovative British drama for a global audience is a great fit for our company, and we are thrilled to begin this collaboration."

Rachel Gesua, Executive Producer at Projector Pictures, agrees: “ We are hugely excited to be working with ZDF Enterprises, a company with an impressive track record in distributing original, high end drama that has achieved tremendous international recognition. Projector shares their passion and ambition for developing outstanding drama with great talent and we're looking forward to this partnership and working closely with the ZDF Enterprises team.”


About Projector Pictures
Projector Pictures is an independent production company creating distinctive British drama, attracting high calibre on and off screen talent. Founded by Trevor Eve, Charles Haswell and Sharon Maughan, the company has been BAFTA nominated and has enjoyed both critical and ratings success.
Projector is the producer of two series of ITV’s Kidnap and Ransom, starring Trevor Eve as international hostage negotiator Dominic King. The series, also starring Helen Baxendale, John Hannah and Sharon Small, aired to critical praise and high viewing figures. Both series were filmed largely in Cape Town, South Africa.
Projector’s other credits include several feature length dramas for Channel 4. Twelfth Night, starring Parminder Nagra and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Tim Supple, Cinderella starring Kathleen Turner and Leslie Philips and directed by Beeban Kidron and Alice Through the Looking Glass starring Kate Beckinsale and Ian Holm, directed by John Henderson. Projector also co-produced The Body Farm with the BBC, a spin off from Waking the Dead, starring Tara Fitzgerald and Keith Allen. 

Contact Projector Pictures
Projector Pictures Ltd., 75 Dean Street, London W1D 3PU, t: +44 (0) 20 7432 3923, 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


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