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ZDF Enterprises starts collaboration with WATCHEVER

The SVOD platform WATCHEVER is collaborating with ZDF Enterprises, showing many German and international programs for fans of feature films and TV series. They include the bestseller film adaptation of Das Verbrechen (‘Crime:Stories’), the series ‘Wolfblood’ and ‘Dance Academy’ for teenagers, as well as the children’s series ‘Wendy’.

Berlin/Mainz, 15. January 2014 – ZDF Enterprises and WATCHEVER have signed a two year contract for the on demand streaming of top class feature films and popular series from ZDF Enterprises’ catalogue. Lots of content is already available at WATCHEVER, including some that can be viewed in offline mode.

The start of the collaboration between ZDF Enterprises and WATCHEVER, an online flat-rate service provider for series and films, means that well-known, popular detective series such as Kriminaldauerdienst (‘KDD’) which focuses on a workplace family of police officers, or the multi-part Danish/Swedish/German detective series ‘Bron | Broen’ (aka: The Bridge’) are available on WATCHEVER. The historical drama Krupp – Eine deutsche Familie (‘Krupp – A Family Between War and Peace’), a multi-part series about one of the most powerful and controversial family dynasties in Germany, is also available.

The films and series from ZDF Enterprises will be updated regularly. Younger members of the family are particularly well served by the package deal. Female teens will find H2O – Plötzlich Meerjungfrau (‘H20 – Just Add Water’), ‘Dance Academy’ (both featuring series 1 - 3) and Mako Mermaids (‘Mako Mermaids) in the WATCHEVER product range. Younger children have a wide selection on offer, including the fairytale Peter Pan – Neue Abenteuer (‘The New Adventures of Peter Pan’), Das Dschungelbuch (‘The Jungle Book’) or the horse series ‘Wendy’, which is particularly popular among girls.

“We are delighted about the collaboration with innovative partners such as WATCHEVER; we have many popular films and series in our extensive portfolio, offering the best prerequisites for success in the German SVOD market” states Alexander Coridass, President and CEO at ZDF Enterprises.

“ZDF Enterprises has a large number of high quality German and international productions loved by the German public. The formats and content in this long-term deal are perfect for our product range. Our users can load the content at any time and even on up to three devices at once. While the parents are following ‘Crime:Stories’ by bestselling author Ferdinand von Schirach and the celebrated producer Oliver Berben on their smart TV, the children can be watching ‘Dance Academy’, for example, on their tablet or laptop”, explains Stefan Schulz, managing director of WATCHEVER, enthusiastically.

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About WATCHEVER
With WATCHEVER, customers can watch as many series and films as they want – whenever, wherever and as often as they like. WATCHEVER can be accessed via Apple TV, smart TVs (Panasonic, LG, Philips and Samsung), tablets (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire), Smartphones (iOS and Android), game consoles (PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360, Wii), PC and Mac. The range includes blockbusters, the complete episodes of award-winning series and art house films, adding up to thousands of titles permanently available in German and their original language version for children and adults, without advertisements. In the event that no Internet is available – during a journey, for example, then titles can be downloaded in offline mode and then viewed later on your tablet (iOS and Android) or Smartphone (iOS und Android). The WATCHEVER online video services costs €8.99 per month and can be cancelled at any time on a monthly basis. You can test the service free-of-charge for the first 30 days. WATCHEVER is a subsidiary of the European media corporation Vivendi (www.vivendi.com).

Further information about WATCHEVER including high resolution image material is available at http://presse.watchever.de.

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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 (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, tel.: +49 6131-9911130, fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail: christine.denilauler@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

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