ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, has signed a first-look development and distribution deal with Projector Pictures, a UK-based independent production company specialised in British drama.

Projector Pictures which is behind shows such as Kidnap and Ransom (ITV) and The Body Farm (BBC), a spin off from Waking the Dead, is currently developing a number of projects in the UK as well as in the US where they have been working with ABC Studios, Lionsgate and Showtime on a remake of Kidnap and Ransom.

The deal with Projector Pictures which begins with immediate effect follows the agreement ZDF Enterprises recently signed with UK-based TV drama and film production company Bonafide Films to develop scripted projects for the UK and international markets.