German group sees brisk biz at Mip TV
A&E Television Networks and Germany’s ZDF Enterprises have extended an existing programming and co-production deal for three years.The pact, originally made in 2005, includes co-productions and programming acquisition as well as syndication. ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of pubcaster ZDF, can acquire non-scripted programming from AETN Intl.’s History catalog for the top-rated ZDF History Sunday programming block. In addition, History in Germany will acquire local content from ZDF Enterprises for broadcast on its service as well as biography and lifestyle programming for its Bio outlet. History and ZDF Enterprises have extended their co-prod partnership to produce contemporary and ancient history programs over the next three years for broadcast on ZDF in Germany and on History in the U.S. ZDF Enterprises will continue to be the syndication rep for German-speaking Europe for the History series “Modern Marvels.” ZDF Enterprises has seen strong sales at the Mip TV programming mart in Cannes. The company reported strong sales for infotainment shows, including Arctic series “License to Drill,” repo-man skein “Repossessed” and prison series “Hard Times,” which 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. National Geographic Channel U.S. and National Geographic Channels Intl. took “Hitler’s Lost Battleship,” while NGCI also nabbed the six-part “A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets.” France’s Arte and Canal Plus bought “1755 — The Lisbon Earthquake”; TF1 Histoire “America Before Columbus” and “Busting the Wall,” and Italy’s RAI “Adventure Ocean Quest” and “Ice Race.” “Secrets in the Dust” went to History Channel U.K., France 5, Japan’s NHK and Russia’s TV Kultura. ZDF Enterprises saw brisk biz for scripted dramas, especially crimers and romances, such as the latest series of Danish police thriller “The Killing,” which sold to the U.K.’s Arrow Films and BBC, France’s KLB and Canal Plus, Canada’s Telequebec and Lumiere for the Benelux.