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ZDFE and AETN Reach Programming and Co-Production Agreement

Multi-Faceted Deal Includes Program Acquisitions for Both The History Channel® Germany and ZDF History, and a Co-Production Agreement Between ZDF and

Mainz/New York, 30th March 2005

ZDF Enterprises and A&E Television Networks (AETN) today announced that they have signed a 3-year programming and production agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, ZDF Enterprises will acquire 60 hours of non-fiction programming from the AETN International catalogue for the top-rated ZDF History programming block on ZDF’s broadcast channel in Germany. Originally launched in February 2003, this block has consistently garnered strong ratings and positive viewer feedback. Airing weekly on Sunday nights, the block is programmed under the editorial control of ZDF programmers with content provided by both ZDF and The History Channel®.

AETN International will acquire 350 hours of non-fiction programming from ZDF Enterprises for broadcast on The History Channel in Germany, a new Pay-TV service on the Kabel Deutschland platform which launched in November 2004. These productions will include flagship, non-fiction programming from the ZDF library, such as ‘Terra X’, ‘Sphinx, Legends of History,’ and the contemporary history productions from the department of renowned producer and historian Guido Knopp.

In a third component of the agreement, The History Channel in the U.S. and ZDF Enterprises will co-produce at least 12 hours of contemporary and ancient history programming for broadcast on ZDF in Germany and on The History Channel in the United States.

Alexander Coridass, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZDF Enterprises, Michael Katz, Vice President, Programming & Production of AETN International and Charlie Maday, Senior Vice President Historical Programming, The History Channel U.S. made the announcement.

“This comprehensive agreement further enhances the strategic partnership between AETN, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises. We are pleased that we have created a strategic partnership which is mutually beneficial for all partners involved ,” said Alexander Coridass.

“We have enjoyed a very successful relationship with ZDF and ZDF Enterprises for many years through U.S. co-production agreements and the ZDF History block, and I am pleased that we are extending our partnership to include programming for The History Channel in Germany,” said Michael Katz. “In our efforts to localize the channel with German-themed history product, we first turned to ZDF, a premiere supplier of historical series and documentaries. As our business continues to grow in Germany and beyond I have no doubt our partnership with ZDF will flourish.”

“The History Channel is very pleased to continue its relationship with ZDF, co-producing historical programming. The work we have accomplished together has proven to be very popular with our audience. The History Channel looks forward to working further with ZDF staff to create an exciting slate of co-productions over the next three years,” said Charlie Maday.


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 programme acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast programme 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 programmes, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its programme 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 recognised programme brands with which ZDF has become synonymous. For further information on ZDF Enterprises’ activities, please visit [].

Contact ZDF Enterprises:
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. +49-6131-991228, fax +49-6131-991229, e-mail: []; website: []


A division of A&E Television Networks, AETN International markets the quality programming and proven success of The History Channel, A&E, The Biography Channel, and Crime & Investigation Network™ overseas. Through innovative local partnerships and affiliates, AETN International has expanded the presence of AETN channels and branded blocks around the world. In addition to licensing AETN channels, AETN International handles syndicated sales of programs from the A&E and The History Channel catalog to international broadcasters. AETN channels and programs are now available in more than 130 countries to over 230 million TV households. AETN International has offices in New York and London. The AETN International web site is located at [].

Contact A&E Television Networks:
Kerri Tarmey, +1-212-551-1504
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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

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