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ZDF Enterprises triggers Story House Production’s “Neanderthal Apocalypse”

New documentary coproduced with major partners from US and Canada

Mainz, 6th March 2014

For thousands of years, Neanderthals roamed the earth: but in a flash, they disappeared from history. The Neanderthal extinction is one of history’s most baffling mysteries. But new information might solve this enduring riddle; scientists believe the Neanderthal was wiped out when a Super Volcano erupted 39,000 years ago. A team of scientists investigates this volcanic annihilation theory. And if a super volcano spelled the end for Neanderthals, could a future eruption drive humans to extinction?

Available in HD as a 2 x 50’ or 1 x 90’ program, “Neanderthal Apocalypse ” has gathered a number of sterling partners to create this fascinating historical documentary. Among them are HISTORY® (US), History (Canada), renowned production companies Story House and the Canadian firm C-Tales Entertainment.   

ZDF Enterprises is particularly honored to be working with the Story House Media Group, which has offices in Washington D.C., Berlin, Munich and Halifax. The Story House Media Group offers international production partnerships, major talent, and established executives. It uniquely connects the world’s two largest television markets  – the United States and Germany – an asset that is of special importance to ZDF Enterprises.

Susan Werbe, Senior Executive Producer for History: “We are delighted to be working with our longtime co-producing partner ZDF Enterprises and the producers at Story House Media Group on this exciting project.  It promises to use exciting techniques to communicate new information and answer the question about why humans today have a little bit of Neanderthal DNA in each of us.”

The program is currently still in production. ZDF Enterprises will be handling world sales. Nikolas Huelbusch, Director of ZDFE.factual: “This is a production which we feel will interest viewers around the world, seeing that the Neanderthalers might very well have won the evolutionary race, leaving homo sapiens behind in the dust.”


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