ZDF, AETN renew programming, co-production deal
MUMBAI: US broadcaster A&E Television Networks (AETN), which owns The History Channel, A&E and The Biography Channel, and ZDF Enterprises have announced at the television trade event MipTV the renewal of their existing programming and co-production deal for three years. The agreement, originally reached in 2005, includes co-production and programme acquisition components, as well as a new syndication representation deal.
The agreement calls for ZDF Enterprises to acquire non-fiction programming from AETN International’s History catalogue for the top-rated ZDF History programming block, which broadcasts weekly on Sunday nights. The block is programmed under the editorial control of ZDF programmers with content provided by both ZDF and History (US).
In addition, The History Channel in Germany will acquire local history programming from ZDF Enterprises for broadcast on its service, as well as biography and lifestyle programming for The Biography Channel. Amongst the programmes are the two-parter The Last Voyage of the Gustloff about the largest disaster in naval history with a death toll of 9,000 and the series Final Days of an Icon which examines the lives of 13 historical figures and their deaths under mysterious circumstances.
Through a third component of the agreement, History (US) and ZDF Enterprises have extended their co-production partnership to produce nine contemporary and ancient history programmes over the next three years for broadcast on ZDF in Germany and on History in the United States.
In the final part of the deal, AETN International has named ZDF Enterprises as its syndication representative for German-speaking Europe for Modern Marvels. This is a show on the history of technology. Produced for History, the Modern Marvels catalogue features over 400 hours of programming.
ZDF Enterprises president and CEO Alexander Coridass says, “The combination of AETN, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises programming expertise is synonymous to high-calibre programming for audiences around the globe. We are very proud of this longstanding and fruitful partnership of global players in the most significant fields of the television industry.
"In this very competitive time of digital changes, we are pleased that our close relationship with this successful and reliable partner is still going strong.”
AETN SVP, international Sean Cohan says, “ZDF Enterprises has been an important production and distribution partner for AETN through the years, and we are very pleased to extend our relationship by appointing them as syndication representative for Modern Marvels in the German-speaking Europe."