ZDFE sends “Eagle,” “Top Cats” to Nat Geo Wild

German distributor ZDF Enterprises has sold a slate of natural history titles, including Masters of the Wild (pictured) and The Eagle, to Nat Geo Wild U.S. and International.
March 17, 2015

German distributor ZDF Enterprises has sold a slate of natural history titles to Nat Geo Wild U.S. and International.

In the U.S., Nat Geo Wild has set airdates for all licensed programs, which include Secret Garden, on the inner workings of a local garden (March 22 at 10 pm EST/PST); The Eagle, which follows one bird’s journey from birth to adulthood (May 10 at 10 p.m. EST/PST); Animal Record Breakers, on the impressive characteristics of various species (May 13 at 9 p.m. EST/PST); and Masters of the Wild, on animals who make homes of hostile environments (pictured; May 13 at 10 p.m. EST/PST).

Meanwhile, Deadly Game and Top Cats are to debut later this year. Internationally, the programs are to air on Nat Geo Wild across 162 countries, excluding Germany.

All programs were produced by German producer Doclights, best known for its roster of animal and natural history documentaries. Technology used in the films include HD high-speed cameras, boroscope lenses, computer-controlled time lapse and mini helicopters.

“This further deal highlights the appeal of German documentaries on the international market, as all the licensed titles were made by German producers,” said Ralf Rueckauer, VP of ZDFE.factual at ZDF Enterprises, in a statement. “Wildlife documentaries ‘made in Germany’ are a definite export hit.”

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