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ZDF's TV show “Wanna bet?” in Russia and Italy

ZDF's success TV show "Wetten, dass..?" ["Wanna bet?"] now in Russia; Contract renewal with RAI I, Italy

The most successful live television show throughout Europe, “Wetten, dass..?” , will soon also be enthusing Russian audiences. Fred Burcksen, Vice President Distribution and Investments at ZDF Enterprises, tells us that the successful show format was sold to Russia’s Channel 1. This station is already broadcasting other internationally renowned shows such as “Superstars” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”. “Channel 1 is the largest Public Broadcaster in Russia,” says Burcksen, “with a market share of about 28%. The acquisition of “Wetten, dass...?” is just the start of a long and fruitful cooperation between ZDF Enterprises and Channel 1.”

The contract with Italy’s RAI I for “Wetten,dass..?” has also been extended. In Italy the show has been successfully aired since 1989, achieving an average market share of 27% in Saturday evening prime time.

In Germany “Wetten,dass..?” has been the undisputed number one among live shows ever since 1981, achieving an average market share of 46% on Saturday evenings on a regular basis. The factors that have made the programme such a success for so many years are, first, its host Thomas Gottschalk, Germany’s most popular presenter, the multitude of always unusual and amusing bet ideas as well as the array of international superstars from the areas of music, sport, film and television in each show. Among last year’s guests were, among many others, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams, Sting, Elton John, Claudia Schiffer, Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz, Dustin Hoffmann, Laetitia Casta, Joe Cocker, Céline Dion, Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Shakira, Carlos Santana, Tom Jones, Meat Loaf, Andrea Bocelli and Rowan Atkinson.


Launched 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.

Your contact at 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


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