ZDF’s three-part series “Ku’damm 59”: filming starts in Berlin
ZDF Enterprises in charge of global distribution of sequel to “Ku’damm 56”
Mainz, 4 July 2017
Following on from the huge success of “Ku’damm 56”, the Schöllack family story now continues at the “Galant” dance school on Ku’damm in the late 1950s: This week the filming of the sequel to the historic ZDF three-part series, “Ku’damm 59”, began in Berlin and the surrounding area. The screenplays were written by Annette Hess (German Television Award for “Ku’damm 56”). Starring once again in the latest three instalments, directed by Sven Bohse, are Sonja Gerhardt, Claudia Michelsen, Maria Ehrich, Emilia Schüle, Trystan Pütter, Sabin Tambrea, August Wittgenstein, Heino Ferch and others. New to the cast is Ulrich Noethan. In March 2016, “Ku’damm 56” was watched by an average of 6.01 million viewers with a market share of 17.5 per cent.
“Ku’damm 59” focuses on the women of that generation, who were in search of a new feminine identity. Issues such as emancipation, family structures and the desire for female self-determination are at the heart of the series. The biographies of the Schöllack family are typical of women of that era, whose lives were often governed by clearly defined social expectations and their position by the side of the husband.
Berlin 1959: Monika (Sonja Gerhardt) and Freddy (Trystan Pütter) are pursuing careers as musicians and dancers, while their mother Caterina (Claudia Michelsen) never leaves their side as their manager - forever mindful of social conventions. Meanwhile, Helga (Maria Ehrich) has come to terms with Wolfgang’s (August Wittgenstein) homosexuality and is trying to be a good mother. However, her love for Wolfgang and her desire for a middle-class lifestyle are put to the test once more when she discovers that her husband is having an affair. The marriage of Eva (Emilia Schüle) and Prof Fassbender (Heino Ferch) has yet to produce a child and Eva feels unable to live up to her role as a professor’s wife. When Monika’s life and career plans hit a brick wall, she decides that she wants a different future for herself and her daughter Dorli – and turns everyone’s lives upside down once again.
“Ku’damm 59” is a UFA Fiction production for ZDF with ZDF Enterprises handling the global distribution. The series is produced by Benjamin Benedict and Nico Hofmann, with Marc Lepetit as executive producer. The ZDF editorial team includes Heike Hempel, Bastian Wagner and Beate Bramstedt.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zdf-enterprises.de.