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ZDF Enterprises welcomes National Geographic Channel US (NGC) on board as coproducer for three documentaries

Mainz, 18th November 2009

ZDF Enterprises, the distributor / coproducer arm of Germany's ZDF, is proud to sign on National Geographic Channel US (NGC) as coproduction partner for three major HD documentaries. The projects represent further milestones in the German firm's collaboration of many years with the prestigious American broadcaster and producer, whose outstanding documentary programs are successful around the world and noted for their exceptional quality.

Produced by Spiegel TV Hamburg, the one-hour "Secrets of Angkor" delivers new insights into the ancient civilization of the Khmer. It was given its premiere broadcast on NGC in July 2009. The two-hour show "America Before Columbus" premieres Sunday November 22 on NGC and explores one of the biggest blank spots in the history of the New World. This program will illustrate with high end CGI and recreations how the Old and the New Worlds merged to become one, as they are today.

Along with “America Before Columbus”, the film "History of the Oceans" (2 x 52') is also produced by Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion of Cologne, leaders in high-caliber documentary programs. Based on bestselling author Frank Schätzing's "News From an Unknown Universe," "History of the Oceans" takes viewers on a voyage through the past, the present and the future of the seas.


**About ZDF Enterprises**
Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

**Contact ZDF Enterprises**
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. 0049 6131-991228, fax 0049 6131-991229, 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