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ZDF Studios

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ZDF Studios

Company overview

ZDF Studios was established in 1993 under the name 'ZDF Enterprises' as a 100 % private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the biggest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. It rebranded to ZDF Studios on April 1st, 2022.

The company is responsible for worldwide program distribution, international co-productions, program acquisition as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for broadcaster ZDF, and for third parties.

Bound into a strong group of 30 direct and indirect subsidiaries and affiliated companies, ZDF Studios manages the largest German-language program stock worldwide and an impressive portfolio of international productions, consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs.

ZDF Studios provides a comprehensive, full-service offering and covers every step in the chain of creation and exploitation of successful content, from development to production and marketing.

Programming Profile

ZDF Studios CEO Schäfer on market trends, changing demand, fresh content

08-08-2022

Dr Markus Schäfer, appointed President and CEO of Germany’s ZDF Studios earlier this year, shares his thoughts on how the global content market is changing and the impact of streaming, and offers a glimpse of the company’s content pipeline via C21’s Digital Screenings.

 

How is international demand for the kind of content represented in your sales catalogue changing?
ZDF Studios is proud of its long-standing relationships with national and international partners, often shaped around high-volume output deals in combination with sales of our flagship programmes, such as international coproductions from our own or the group’s development slate. However, the rights our partners require are changing. With the shift of users from linear to non-linear consumption, digital rights play a bigger role than ever.

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Contacts

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Dr. Markus Schäfer President and CEO
ZDF Studios

Robert Franke Vice President Drama
ZDF Studios

Peter Lang Vice President Junior
ZDF Studios

Ralf Rueckauer Vice President Unscripted
ZDF Studios

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