ZDF Enterprises to distribute Jonathan M Shiff’s latest children’s television project
Shooting of THE BUREAU OF MAGICAL THINGS to start in July
Mainz, 17th July 2017
ZDF Enterprises will coproduce und internationally distribute THE BUREAU OF MAGICAL THINGS (20x26’), Jonathan M. Shiff’s latest children’s television project. ZDF is also coproducer and will be the broadcaster in Germany. It is presold to Network Ten for broadcast on Channel 11.
Jonathan M Shiff, the internationally renowned Company Director and Executive Producer of Jonathan M. Shiff Productions (JMSP), is a world leader in live action children’s series. His previous productions include global smash hits MAKO: ISLANDS OF SECRETS and H20: JUST ADD WATER franchises, which have sold to more than 170 countries, with the first series of Mako Mermaids reaching an estimated 150 million worldwide viewers.
THE BUREAU OF MAGICAL THINGS will film in Australia from July to December 2017 at locations at the Gold Coast and in Brisbane and in Jonathan M. Shiff Productions purpose built studio at Arundel.
THE BUREAU OF MAGICAL THINGS follows the adventures of Kyra, a regular teenage girl who acquires magical powers when caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy. Kyra discovers a secret world of magic exists all around her. When she uncovers a threat to both the magical and human worlds, she must try to unite fairies, elves and humans to save them all.
The cast is led by Brisbane actress Kimie Tsukakoshi (The Family Law) as Kyra. She is joined by Elizabeth Cullen and Julian Cullen, brother and sister off screen and now playing elf brother and sister on screen. Mia Milnes and Rainbow Wedell headline as gorgeous fairies and Jamie Carter plays Kyra’s human friend from high school.
Nicole Keeb, Head of International Co-Productions and Acquisitions Children and Youth at ZDF: "The long and trustful partnership with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions allows us to reinvent new storylines and characters with every project. This enables us to use our experiences and morph them into something completely fresh and exciting. Each series is taylormade for ZDF's audience."
Arne Lohmann, Vice President ZDFE.junior, ZDF Enterprises: “We have been coproducing and distributing with JMSP for almost 20 years. This award winning content is loved by an audience of hundreds of millions worldwide. We are proud to be part of this success story.”
THE BUREAU OF MAGICAL THINGS is supported with investment from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland. It is supported by Gold Coast City Council Film Attraction Program and was developed with support from Film Victoria.
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.
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