AETN and ZDF renew programming and copro deal

A&E Television Networks and ZDF Enterprises have renewed their existing programming and coproduction deal for another three years.
April 6, 2011

A&E Television Networks and ZDF Enterprises have renewed their existing programming and coproduction deal for another three years.

The agreement, originally reached in 2005, includes coproduction and program acquisition components, as well as a syndication representation deal.

On ZDF Enterprises’ end, ZDF History programming block, which airs weekly, can pull from AETN International’s History catalog of  non-fiction programming.

For AETN, History in Germany will acquire local history programming from ZDF Enterprises, as well as biography and lifestyle programming for Bio.

In a third part of the agreement, History U.S. and ZDF Enterprises have extended their successful coproduction partnership to produce contemporary and ancient history programs over the next three years for broadcast on ZDF in Germany and on History in the United States.

ZDF Enterprises will also continue to serve as the content sales representative for German-speaking Europe for History’s series Modern Marvels.

In addition to the agreement renewal, ZDF Enterprises is also reporting its sales from MIPTV.

The factual series doing well are Arctic-driller series License to Drill (6 x 45′), the repo-man saga Repossessed (10 x 60′) and the maximum-security prison stories Hard Times (22 x 60′), which have sold to Australia’s ABC, Canada’s Canwest, the Discovery Channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Denmark’s DR-TV, Norway’s TV2 and Austria’s Servus TV.

ZDF Enterprises’s documentary catalog has also been in demand, with Hitler’s Lost Battleship selling to National Geographic Channel U.S. and NGCI, the six-part A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets going to NGCI, 1755 – The Lisbon Earthquake selling to France’s ARTE and Canal +, America Before Columbus and Busting the Wall both selling to TF 1 Histoire.  Adventure Ocean Quest and Ice Race have sold to RAI, and Secrets in the Dust has gone to History Channel UK, France 5, NHK and Russia’s TV Kultura.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.