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ZDFs’ Three-parter ‘Ku'damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause’ Nominated for MIPDrama Screenings in Cannes

Only German Production in Line-Up

Mainz, 10.3.2016

‘Ku'damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause’ (3 x 90’) is one of just 12 high-end, international drama series that will be screened for the first time to buyers and press from around the world at the inaugural MIPDrama Screenings. It is also the only German-language or German-produced program in the line-up.The three-parter will be aired on German broadcaster ZDF on 20th, 21st and 23rd March 2016 at 8:15 pm.

‘Ku'damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause’ depicts the lives of four women in a Berlin dance school of 1956, which becomes the arena for the battle between sexual revolution and conservatism, with rock 'n' roll as the personification of this conflict. The stories of Caterina Schöllack (Claudia Michelsen) and her three daughters are emblematic of many biographies of the 1950s, in which a woman's life continued to be determined by her position at her husband's side.

The MIPDrama Screenings will take place on 3 April 2016 in Cannes, one day before the start of MIPTV, the leading international trade fair for the TV and digital market, and will enable around 350 programme buyers and press representatives from all over the world to be the first to get an exclusive look at high-quality new programmes. For the screenings, the best titles out of submissions from 28 countries (Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America and Asia) were selected by a jury made up of leading showrunners and programme creators. The event closes with the presentation of the ‘Coup de Coeur’ award by the MIP Markets Drama Buyers Advisory Board.

Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: “The selection of ‘Ku’damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause’ as the only German production in this top-class, international environment is proof of the growing importance of German drama series. ZDF Enterprises is delighted about this appealing new addition to the drama catalogue and we are sure that this programme will get the success that it deserves from the worldwide audiences.”

‘Ku'damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause’ is a production of UFA Fiction (’Generation War’,’Dresden’) and was commissioned by ZDF/ZDF Enterprises. Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict are Executive Producers, the producer is Marc Lepetit and the editorial team of Heike Hempel, Bastian Wagner and Anna Boßlet in charge at ZDF. Under the direction of Sven Bohse, the screenplay by Annette Hess (“Weissensee”) was filmed with Sonja Gerhardt, Claudia Michelsen, Maria Ehrich, Emilia Schüle playing the leading parts and Heino Ferch, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Sabin Tambrea, Trystan Pütter, August Wittgenstein and others in supporting roles. World sales are being handled by 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
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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

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