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ZDF sketch comedy “Sketch History” tops the German Comedy Charts

ZDF Enterprises and Sony Music Entertainment delighted by the success

Mainz, 9th August 2016

ZDF Enterprises and Sony Music Entertainment are delighted by the successful start of the DVD/EST evaluation of the ZDF sketch comedy “Sketch History”, which is currently at number one in the German Comedy Charts.

“Sketch History” is the new sketch comedy on the subject of world history. In ten almost half-hour episodes, this sketch comedy takes the viewer on an entertaining journey through the history of humanity. The journey goes from prehistoric man through the Renaissance, the wild 1970s, right through to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The last minutes in the 1945 bunker will be just as illuminated as the background to the Kennedy assassination and the circumstances that led to the mutiny on the Bounty. 

“Sketch History – News from Yesterday” illustrates in a real battle of images and costumes how history became what it never was. Linked by remarkable animation, the individual, always image-opulent sketches leap wildly from one era to the next and show the actually true stories behind world history with the help of special effects, masks, costumes and CGI.

An ensemble of leading actors and comedians in “Sketch History” slip into the roles of Joan of Arc, Joseph Goebbels, Caesar and many others, while Bastian Pastewka comments off-screen on the amusing world events. The spectacle is produced by HPR Bild & Ton, together with Warner Bros. Germany.

Sylvia Brucker, VP ZDFE.entertainment at ZDF Enterprises: “We are delighted by the great success of this incredibly funny production, which we market as a format as well as a complete programme. Thanks to “Sketch History”, the new sketch comedy programming has had a fantastic start in our distribution catalogue.”

Armin Delmar,  Senior-PM/A&R Spassgesellschaft!, Commercial Division Family & Home Entertainment for Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH: „From the very first episode, we felt that "Sketch History" is a pleasant and entertaining program treasure. We are pleased to be marketing this format with ZDF Enterprises.“


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