MIP TV: ZDF picks up National Geographic package

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 02-04-2012

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, has acquired 63 hours of programming from US broadcaster National Geographic Channel (NGC).
The deal, which was announced at MIP TV in Cannes, covers a variety of series and specials originally commissioned by NGC which ZDF Enterprises will distribute worldwide outside the United States.
Following on from the first deal between the companies in 2010, the new package adds 33 hours in series including seasons 3-4 of Alaska State Troopers (adding to ZDF Enterprises' catalogue which contains the first two seasons). Hard Times is also extended with season 4 being picked up in the package. New series to be introduced to ZDF Enterprises' catalogue include Rocket City Scientists, Najavo Police and CIA Confidential.
"This new deal furthers our commitment to growing relationships with important international partners," said David Lyle, CEO of NGC US. "ZDF Enterprises is an important partner for our networks in acquisitions, co-productions and distribution and we look forward to not only continuing but expanding our work together."
Alexander Coridass, president and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, added: "The success we've encountered with the first 60 hours of programmes has proven National Geographic's 'magical touch' with respect to programme concepts and realisation. The unique mix of serious information, action, quest, humour and mystery makes these factual programmes winners among all demographics."