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ZDF Enterprises Unveils Multifaceted MIPTV Line-Up

Special event pays tribute to exceptional quality of ZDF Enterprises’ drama programs

Mainz, 21st March 2016.

ZDF Enterprises is bracing itself for a large influx of buyers at this spring’s media industry trade fair MIPTV, which will be held in Cannes from 4 to 7 April. Buyers’ attention has been especially drawn to ZDF Enterprises through the company’s lead sponsorship of FOCUS ON GERMANY as well as a new market event, the MIPDrama Screenings. This event aims to present new high-end drama at MIPTV, whereby every kind of drama is allowed – as long as the jury is convinced of its exceptional quality.

One of the 12 international programs that was selected, and the only German-language or German-produced program in the line-up, is Ku’Damm ’56 – Rebel With a Cause (3 x 90’) the latest addition to the ZDFE.drama catalogue and a vibrant, stylish social drama set in post-war Berlin. It captures the feel of the times, when men were reconstructing the nation and women were reconstructing their lives: a mother and her three marriageable daughters seek their role in a shattered society where anything is possible, including the demand for women’s rights.

In Thicker than Water II (20 x 60’), pent-up Scandinavian emotions continue to wreak havoc on the lives of the Waldemar family at their guest house in the idyllic Swedish archipelagos. The second season deals with issues of identity and guilt in a dysfunctional family attempting to heal old wounds. Strong emotions such as love, hate and betrayal are also treated in this little society. Will the characters ultimately be forced to take responsibility and make the sacrifices necessary to finally bring peace to the family?

The chess-like strategy of The Fall (11 x 60’) keeps viewers riveted in the second season as well, as two exceptionally brilliant hunters now finally come face to face: Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and serial killer Paul Spector, who preys on women in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Fall's Season II is just one of several top-performing crime series, cycles and stand-alone movies in ZDF Enterprises’ portfolio such as The Girl in the Marsh (1 x 90’) which kept over 8 million viewers glued to the screen; What a Team (58 x 90’), also capturing more than 8 million; and a Christmas special bowing in at over 6 million viewers, Ho Ho To You Too (1 x 90’).

ZDF Enterprises’ factual programs can count on brisk sales this spring, with several programs poised to make it really big. For instance, First Flight - Conquest of the Skies (1 x 50’) which seeks to clear up who actually first flew a motorized airplane, the Wright Brothers in 1903 or the German immigrant to the U.S. Gustave Whitehead two years earlier. The documentary Why Size Matters (2 x 50/ 4K or 10 x 50) reveals that when it comes to the universe, size really does matter. And in The Lesser Caucasus (1 x 50’), we explore barely accessible stretches of mountains between Europe and Asia.

At this spring’s MIPTV, ZDF Enterprises is putting an accent on entertainment formats, a genre that boasts finest-quality shows like You Can’t Fool Me! (90,) a believe-it-or-not game show where the star – sound, sight, touch, smell, taste – is nature itself and the tricks it loves to play on us. Also new to the ZDFE.entertainment library is the party-game-inspired family show The Game Begins! The Big Show for 3 to 99 (180’). Also featured in the entertainment block are Quiz Champion, which challenges players with some of the trickiest questions in the genre; and Dalli Dalli, a revised classic.

ZDFE.junior would hardly be junior without werewolves! But this season, the extremely cool Wolfblood (52 x 26’) and its companion piece Wolfblood Uncovered (10 x 12’) are competing for the teen heart, mind and howl with Scream Street (52 x 11’). A fast-paced, stylish, comedy-horror extravaganza, this animated show based on the hit book series follows the adventures of  Luke Watson – a regular teen, apart from the werewolf gene!

Aimed at preschoolers who love dragons and can sympathize with vegetarian Oscar, is Coconut, the Little Dragon (total 104 x 12’). The animated, cuddly, bright-colored, young dragons are already a viewer magnet, with the first 52 episodes being followed now by a second season.

The New Adventures of Peter Pan (in total 52 x 22’) is also aiming at top sales and is now available to audiences worldwide.


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


Ku'damm 56 - Rebel With a Cause
First Flight: Conquest of the Skies
You can't fool me