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ZDF Enterprises takes Q Pootle 5 Down Under

Brand-new Pre-school series by Nick Butterworth sold to ABC TV

Mainz, 26th September 2013

ZDF Enterprises and Australian broadcaster ABC TV have just signed an agreement for the acquisition of the pre-school series ‘Q Pootle 5’ (52 x 11’ | HD) from Snapper Productions which will officially be launched at MIPCOM. The first episodes will start airing on ABC4Kids on Monday, October 7 at 5.20pm.

Based on the books by multi-million selling author and illustrator Nick Butterworth, the series follows the friendly alien Q Pootle 5 and his friends as they tackle the every day problems of the final frontier on their home planet of Okidoki.

Nick Butterworth is co-founder of Snapper Productions and executive producer of the series, which is being made entirely in the UK, with animation by BAFTA award winning studio Blue Zoo.
The show was already pre-sold to UK Broadcaster CBeebies where the first 26 episodes have already launched with great success. Other territories are being negotiated and are expected to be announced shortly.

"Q Pootle 5 will be a wonderful addition to our line-up of Australian and international preschool shows on ABC4Kids and we’re thrilled to be working with ZDF Enterprises again" said Barbara Uecker, Head of Programming & Acquisitions Children's Television.

Fred Burcksen, COO at ZDF Enterprises, said: “We are delighted that Q Pootle 5 and his friends have found their Australian home at ABC, our long-standing partner in children’s and youth programming. On top of this, we are very much looking forward to personally welcoming Nick Butterworth to ZDF Enterprises’ SUNDOWNER at MIPCOM, where we will toast to the successful launch of the show and this and further deals.”

Nick Butterworth adds: “Q Pootle 5 is a truly unique and exciting property, with engaging storylines, rich visuals and strong characters. ABC4Kids is the perfect home for the series in Australia and we are confident it will be as big a hit there as it has been for CBeebies in the UK.”

A trailer and – for users registered on – full episodes of Q Pootle 5 can be viewed here: ZDF Enterprises-Online Screening
For in-depth information, please visit the B2B-site at Q Pootle 5 - B2B Site


About ABC TV
ABC Television is Australia’s pre-eminent broadcaster for children offering 32 hours of children’s content daily across three channels. ABC4KIDS broadcasts 13 hours daily to pre-schoolers and ABC3 (launched in 2009) broadcasts 15 hours daily to school-age kids. Each of these channels is supported by a dedicated web site, and they are the market leaders for their target audience in Australia.

Contact ABC TV
Amy Reiha, ABC TV Marketing & Communications ; (02) 8333 3874;


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 co-productions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for 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), Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, tel.: +49 6131-9911130, fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


About Snapper Productions
Snapper Productions was founded in 2008 by Nick and Annette Butterworth and their son Ben with the purpose of making high-quality television programmes and films based on Nick’s stable of children’s book characters and developing other children’s, family and “grown-up” projects.


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


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