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ZDF Enterprises supplies WALTER PRESENTS with first Italian Drama

Mainz/London, 2nd October 2017

WALTER PRESENTS the global TV drama service has secured the hotly anticipated, smash hit Italian mafia series, Maltese from ZDF Enterprises for the UK.

Maltese is an eight-part series produced by Palomar, RAI and maze pictures and stars Kim Rossi Stuart and Rike Schmid. It tells the story of a police detective who returns to his native Sicily to attend the wedding of a childhood friend. Soon after his arrival, he is reminded of the violence and brutality of the country he fled as a young man but this time he can’t run away.  Reluctantly he gets caught up in a murder case and finds himself waging war against the mafia in his desperate efforts to unravel the truth. Maltese is written by Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli, two of the creatives behind Gomorrah and is directed by Gianluca Maria Tavarelli whose previous credits include the Young Montalbano.  

Walter Iuzzolino, the Italian born curator of Walter Presents says: “I’ve been on a mission to find a great Italian drama for the last 3 years and this is truly an exceptional one. It’s a violent, elegant, nostalgic piece that combines the pathos of The Godfather with the achingly stylish beauty of Mad Men.”

Fred Burcksen, Executive Vice President and COO of ZDF Enterprises says: “MALTESE is the ideal complement to WALTER PRESENTS’ impressive programme line-up. We are proud to be able to contribute yet another great production to this exciting service.”


About Walter Presents

Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the UK as a free video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, founded by Jason Thorp, Walter Iuzzolino and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award winning foreign language drama, the service is named after its curator Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan.  In March 2017 Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the US with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent.’  The US launch is the first stage in a planned global rollout.


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, 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