My Playlists

My Playlists

ZDF Enterprises ZDF Enterprises Logo

ZDF Enterprises takes over worldwide distribution of NHNZ’s ‘Big Pacific’

Spectacular series on the secrets of the sea available May 2017

Mainz, 21st September 2016

ZDF Enterprises today confirmed worldwide distribution of NHNZ’s premiere blue chip documentary project ‘Big Pacific’. The 5 x 1 hour visually extravagant 4K series, co-produced by NHNZ, PBS and CCTV9, hones in on the creatures and mysteries of the Pacific Ocean.

ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, Discovery International, Channel 9 and Arte are also participating in the series which will deliver an incredibly rich cinematic vision of the world’s largest ocean.

In this groundbreaking series, the world’s best cinematographers and researchers have captured the Pacific’s most guarded secrets to share with viewers everywhere. ‘Big Pacific’ will illustrate the multi-faceted character of the vast Pacific, with each episode focusing on a different characteristic of life in the Pacific Ocean, from the passionate and mysterious to the violent and voracious.

NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch describes ‘Big Pacific’ as the most important series NHNZ has ever embarked on: “Not only is it our most ambitious project to date, it is also a region close to our hearts –the Pacific is our backyard, and everyone involved with the production has a connection with this body of water. Our shooters were in their element and have managed to capture unique behavior; and we are looking forward to delivering a truly spectacular series at the beginning of next year.”

Fred Burcksen, ZDF Enterprises’ Executive Vice President and COO says:” We are very excited to be on board and are certainly as passionate about this project as the entire production team. ‘Big Pacific’ will be a great addition to our catalogue.”


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:,

About NHNZ

NHNZ is a major global producer of factual television creating original content for National Geographic Channels, PBS, Animal Planet, Discovery, NHK and CCTV. NHNZ’s storytelling prowess has been recognized with more than 250 international awards including Emmy awards and the prestigious Wildscreen Panda. With a market focussed approach, NHNZ is made of three central divisions. Highly regarded for its 35-year plus natural history heritage, NHNZ core continues to go from strength to strength in the wildlife blue chip arena, with the upcoming series Big Pacific set to be the company’s biggest global co-production to date. NHNZ has also cemented its expertise in clip shows via The Archive Unit which, since launching in 2014, has produced over 28 hours of premium archive content for broadcasters around the globe, including original series Wild 24 and Extreme Animal Babies. Following the recent success with US-based commissions like I Survived… and LA Frock Stars, NHNZ this year launched a US production division, Outrun the Sun, based in Washington, D.C.


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