ZDF Enterprises subsidiary Network Movie films Ken Follett novels
Mainz and Cologne, 9th October 2006
A red-letter day for all fans of Ken Follett: ZDF Enterprise subsidiary Network Movie will film the top-selling novels of the hit U.K. author. The Cologne production company has secured the rights to the novels of Ken Follett and will adapt them to the screen for ZDF with Munich's Constantin Film and ZDF Enterprises. The acquisition of international coproduction partners and the international sales of all rights to the programs will be handled by ZDF Enterprises.
About 90 million copies of Follett's books have been printed worldwide, and the books translated into more than 30 languages. Over 15 million copies of his books have been printed in Germany alone.
Dr. Alexander Coridass, CEO of ZDF Enterprises: "The acquisition of the rights to the novels gives us no less than two good reasons to rejoice: first, we are securing the production and marketing of an international top program for the ZDF group, and second, this is the first project between our subsidiary Network Movie and the Constantin Film subsidiary Constantin Television, an association that opens up promising perspectives."
This is the first time that a package of this size and importance was sold to a German production company by the US-american film rights agency CAA. Stefan Luebbe from the Luebbe group of publishers, which releases all German-speaking books of Ken Follett, and Marc Schneider from the agency RIGHTS acted as intermediaries.
Ken Follett: "I am extremely pleased to hear that this important deal was signed. I am convinced, that high-carat films will be developed from my novels."
The partners are planning to shoot the high-quality adaptations of Follett's largely historical novels as international coproductions in English and with stars known all over the world. The medium-term goal is to produce a collection of Ken Follett films as event programs for the global market. All rights will be available, even those going beyond the classical TV rights, such as DVD and video-on-demand.
The collection will begin with the filming of the international best-seller "A Dangerous Fortune," the sweeping saga of the rise and fall of an English banking family in the 19th century, and the current Follett hit "Whiteout," the suspenseful thriller about the theft of lethal viruses from a Scottish laboratory.
The Ken Follett collection will be produced by Network Movie and the Constantin Film subsidiary Constantin Television. Executive producers are Reinhold Elschot and Peter Nadermann for Network Movie, and Kerstin Schmidbauer and Robin von der Leyen for Constantin Television.
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 programme acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast programme 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 programmes, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its programme 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 programme 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: Denilauler.C@ZDF.de, www.zdf-enterprises.de
About Network Movie:
Network Movie Film and Television Production is a wholly owned subsidiary of ZDF Enterprises which has been responsible for numerous successful fiction productions and sophisticated entertainment since it was founded in the year 1998. In addition to TV movies and series, the company, which is based in Cologne with an office in Hamburg, also produces multi-part features, historical films and sitcoms.
Network Movie is regularly praised by critics and viewers alike for its courage in experimenting with new formats and its dedication to the production of programs that are entertaining and of the highest quality.
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