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ZDF Enterprises to co-produce major new Natural History series Africa from Above

Multi partner co-production with Homebrew Films, ARTE, ORF, UKTV and ZDF

Mainz, September 29th, 2020

ZDF Enterprises has announced today a new landmark Natural History series filmed in UHD, Africa from Above, produced by Off the Fence Productions. The 10 part series is being backed by a range of co-producers with ZDF Enterprises being the lead partner as well as the global distributor. Joining the German distributor on the production are ZDF, South Africa’s Homebrew Films, ARTE, along with Austrian public broadcaster, ORF, and Britain’s UKTV, owned by BBC Studios.

Currently in production, the iconic series looks at Africa’s spectacular landscapes, cities, people and wildlife from a totally new perspective by taking cameras to new heights. Weaving through mountains, coastlines, waterfalls and jungles, Africa from Above (10 x 52’) also hovers over cities to explore the history, architecture and industry and looks at unique cultures and how people survive in some of the most extreme locations.

Ralf Rueckauer, Vice President of ZDF.unscripted said “I am delighted to have such a wide range of co-production partners supporting this epic series. By using the latest technology, airborne and on the ground, this production will capture Africa in a way that has never been seen before.”

Travelling to Ethiopia, cameras spy on Gelada baboons battling on cliff edges and discover a cave settlement in the mountains.  A close up of vultures’ nests in Botswana, Berbers and their camels traversing the vast Sahara and grazing hippos creating channels in the wetlands of the Virungas are all featured in Africa from Above

Bristol based, Off the Fence Productions is an award-winning producer of factual television and is a subsidiary of ZDF Enterprises. Their creative team have been recognised by more than 80 awards, including Royal Television Society, Emmy, Golden Panda and Grand Teton.


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:,



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