ZDF Enterprises lands Herzog series

Distrib partnering on 'The Fall'

BERLIN — ZDF Enterprises has acquired international rights to Werner Herzog’s latest projects, “On Death Row” and “Hate in America.”

“On Death Row,” a follow-up to Herzog’s original four-part series “Death Row,” includes three further one-hour episodes. In the series, the filmmaker interviews death-row prisoners, allowing them to express their views on life and death.

The new cases involve a man who beat his girlfriend’s 13-month-old baby to death in an attempt to free it from demons; a man who paid killers to take out his ex-wife; and a man who randomly shot truck drivers from his motorcycle.

In the four-part “Hate in America,” Herzog examines disturbing cases and aspects of hatred in U.S. society, including examinations of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, feuding neighbors, a suburban housewife who murdered Mexican citizens and a visit to Harrison, Arkansas.

ZDF Enterprises prexy and CEO Alexander Coridass said Herzog’s works enjoyed renown “for their intense humanity, their respect for the dignity of their subjects and for their timelessness. We are convinced that ‘Hate in America,’ for example, will attract wide interest globally thanks to its objective portrayal of an appalling dichotomy at the heart of American civilization.”

Herzog will next shoot the feature film “Queen of the Desert,” about the life of Middle East adventurer Gertrude Bell, starring Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson.

ZDF Enterprises is also partnering with Content Television on the worldwide distribution of BBC Two miniseries “The Fall.”

The five-part thriller stars Gillian Anderson as a homicide detective on the trail of a Belfast serial killer.

Content Television holds worldwide distribution rights, excluding the U.K., while ZDF Enterprises will handle sales in continental Europe.

“The Fall” is written and created by Allan Cubitt (“The Runaway”).

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