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ZDFE sells docs to DAF

ZDF Enterprises has sold a package of docs to German free-TV broadcaster Deutsches Anleger Fernsehen (DAF), which is expanding its program service to offer "high calibre documentaries" and magazine shows. (Pictured: Alaska State Troopers)
February 27, 2013

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has sold a package of docs to German free-TV broadcaster Deutsches Anleger Fernsehen (DAF), which is expanding its program service to offer “high calibre documentaries” and magazine shows.

Under the new slogan ‘Knowledge pays off,’ DAF will air documentaries on history, nature and science, including the series Mayday, which shows how experts learn from aeroplane accidents how to prevent future catastrophes.

The net has also picked up Austin Stevens, which looks at the daredevil adventures of the titular South African photographer and reptile expert; History U.S. series Modern Wonders; and Nat Geo series Alaska State Troopers (pictured above).

In addition to delivering full programs, ZDFE is also supplying the broadcaster with 200 clips from Contunico, its short-film service. The clips range from themes “such as history and current events to culture, science, health, travel, food [and] entertainment,” according to ZDFE.

Conrad Heberling, chairman of the DAF board, said that it was important for the network “to offer our audience a consistently high level of outstanding quality,” adding that in ZDFE the company had found a partner with shared values.

ZFDE chief operating officer Fred Burcksen added: “We are very pleased to cooperate with the Deutsches Anlegerfernsehen, and are proud to lend our support to this young broadcaster through our know-how and our documentary program portfolio from the international market.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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