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ZDF Enterprises takes on worldwide distribution of award-winning HD-documentary "The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning"

Remarkable eco-doc is only film invited to the COP15 conference in Copenhagen from December 7th to 18th, 2009 by the United Nations Environment Programme

Mainz, 23rd November 2009

ZDF Enterprises will be handling the worldwide distribution all rights of the spectacular ecological documentary "The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning"in all media.

"The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning" is a one-hour HD documentary that goes to the source of the climate change crisis: Antarctica. Following in the footsteps of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth", it explores first-hand the environmental challenges facing that frozen continent and, by extension, the world.

The International Polar Years 2007 - 2009 represented an incredible opportunity for the world to work together. This film meets these brave scientists working at Vernadsky Station and with the British Antarctic Survey as they concentrate their efforts living in often harsh and life-threatening conditions in their heroic attempt to save the world. The documentary also provides support interviews from polar experts and research scientists around the world as well as rare footage of wildlife including penguins in their hatching season. The film reports on the new phenomenon of suicide among penguins, the imminent rise of the world's sea level due to ice melting and show amazing footage of new vegetation growing in the world's largest desert.

These new discoveries were considered so valuable that this film became the only one invited by the United Nations Environment Programme to screen to world leaders during the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from December 7th to 18th, 2009.

"The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning" provides audiences with a rare glimpse of the Earth's most undiscovered continent through the eyes of award-winning cinematographer, Damir Chytil, CSC, one of the world's foremost polar cameramen and a pioneer of HD film photography.

"The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning" has already won three international environmental film awards: The Silver Sierra Award (Yosemite International Film Festival, USA), Best Environmental & Ecology Film (International Film Festival Ireland) and Best Climate Change Film (New Delhi Environmental & Wildlife Film Festival, India).

The film's fan page on Facebook can be reached at: [ The Antarctica Challenge]

Christian Massmann, Head of Sales at ZDF Enterprises, says: "It is a particular honor to be in charge of the worldwide distribution of this very particular documentary. We are confident that our worldwide connections will allow us to promote the program in the best possible way and to thus assist in spreading the environmental message to as many people as possible".

"I am delighted to have this important film represented by ZDF Enterprises, said Mark Terry, the film's producer, director and wroter. "Since it is the only film reporting on the new climate change discoveries made by the world's scientific community stationed in Antarctica during International Polar Year, it is crucial that this film and its message reach as many people as possible. The United Nations is taking it to our world leaders and ZDF will be taking it to the rest of the world."


**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 (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: [], [].


**About Mark Terry (Producer, Writer, Director)**
Documentary filmmaker Mark Terry has been producing award-winning films in Canada for more than 20 years. A Member International of The Explorers Club, Mark has travelled the world for his films, achieving the rare feat of setting foot on all seven continents.
Mark’s projects include the documentary features Earth’s Natural Wonders and Mysteries of Sacred Sites that profiled such exotic destinations as the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island, Stonehenge, the Amazon, Angel Falls, Machu Picchu and the Kenai Fjords in Alaska.
Mark also produced and directed the documentary feature We Stand On Guard which chronicled the first 100 years of Canadian military service and saw Mark serve with the Royal Canadian Regiment in war-torn Kosovo.
Mark has traveled to the Painted Desert in Australia, the Sahara Desert in Egypt, Ecuador and Venezuela in South America, Hong Kong, Kowloon, Lantau Island and Macau in Asia and throughout Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
The mountain ranges Mark has climbed include the Rockies (Canada and the US), the Andes (Ecuador), the Alps (Italy and Switzerland), the Carpathian Mountains (Romania) and the Sar Mountains (The Balkans). But of all the destinations Mark has visited in the world, he is most fascinated by the polar regions. Having traveled to the Arctic here in North America several times, Mark has now completed a documentary on Antarctica focusing on studies made there during International Polar Years (March 2007 to March 2009).
In addition to belonging to the professional organizations The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, the Documentary Organization of Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists, Mark is also a member of the environmental organizations The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Canadian Council for Geographic Education, Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation, Nature Ontario and the University of Alberta Northern Research Network.

**About Polar Cap Productions, Inc.**
Polar Cap Productions, Inc. (PCP) is a new film and television production company with a mandate to tell entertaining and educational stories about our environment and, in particular, our fragile polar ice caps: the Arctic and the Antarctic.
March 2007 to March 2009 is International Polar Year (IPY), a large scientific program focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic. IPY, organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is actually the fourth polar year, following those in 1882-3, 1932-3, and 1957-8. In order to have full and equal coverage of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, IPY 2007-8 covers two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009 and will involve more than 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from more than 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. It is also an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with, cutting-edge science in real-time.
PCP has produced a special HD documentary on Antarctica reporting on some of the unique programs being carried out there. Through its film productions and website, Polar Cap Productions hopes to contribute to the goals of International Polar Year now and for a long time to come.

Polar Cap Productions, Inc., MARK TERRY, President, Producer, Director, Writer
120 Eglinton Avenue East, 10th Floor Toronto, ON. M4P 1E2. CANADA tel: 001-416-4801996
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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
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ZDF Enterprises GmbH
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