New head of acquisitions and co-productions at ZDF Studios

Eva Kamin to become ZDF Studios' new Vice President for Acquisitions and Co-Productions from 1 July, Volker Lehmann to retire

Mainz, 13 June 2024

Volker Lehmann, Vice President Acquisitions and Coproductions ZDF at ZDF Studios, will retire at the end of June to pursue new challenges. He has worked for ZDF Studios for more than 30 years in the field of licence acquisition for ZDF and the ZDF family of channels. Since 2013, he has been head of the ZDF acquisitions and co-productions department, which negotiates the commercial terms of all ZDF fiction and documentary acquisitions and co-productions on behalf of ZDF, as well as licences for the family of channels. This includes the Franco-German cultural channel ARTE as well as 3sat, Phoenix, the children's channel and ZDF's digital channels ZDFneo and ZDFinfo.  

Eva Kamin will take over as Vice President Acquisitions and Coproductions ZDF on 1 July. A lawyer by training, she holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Media Law from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Since June 2006, she has been a corporate lawyer at ZDF Studios, responsible for contract management for ZDF and ZDF Studios. In 2011, she moved to the Acquisitions and Coproductions department, where she was most recently responsible for fictional licences and international co-productions in the area of series, as well as framework agreements and partnerships on behalf of ZDF. 

"We are delighted to have Eva Kamin as our new head of department. She has many years of knowledge of the market, ZDF's partners and excellent relationships with international business partners," said Dr Markus Schäfer, President and CEO of ZDF Studios. "As a media lawyer, she is the ideal person for this position to negotiate international programme acquisitions and partnerships that meet the programming needs of the ZDF network. At the same time, we would like to thank Volker Lehmann for his many years of service as an experienced international programme buyer and head of department. With his commercial and programming expertise and his personality, he has earned the respect of all our business partners."  

Commenting on her new role, Eva Kamin said: "I am delighted to have been entrusted with this important and exciting role. In today's highly dynamic market environment, the negotiation of programme acquisitions and international co-productions, as well as framework agreements and partnerships, is becoming increasingly important. I look forward to working with my team to contribute to ZDF's success." 


About ZDF Studios 

ZDF Studios is a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest TV broadcasters in Europe. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Mainz, Germany, the ZDF Studios Group operates more than 30 direct and indirect subsidiaries and affiliates in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom spanning TV production, distribution and services. The parent company, ZDF Studios, is responsible for global programme distribution, realisation of international co-productions, acquisition of licences and merchandising of successful programme brands under its own name, for ZDF and third parties. ZDF Studios has the largest German-language programme inventory in the world and a constantly growing range of international productions, consisting of series and mini-series, television films, documentaries and children's programmes. 

The companies of the ZDF Studios Group cover the entire value chain from the development of scripted and unscripted TV content to production, marketing and monetizing, including TV and streaming licences as well as merchandising and online rights. The positioning of ZDF Studios as an integrated media company enables the development of innovative, outstanding and high-quality programmes and makes the Group an attractive workplace for German and international talent to flourish in a very inspiring and creative environment.

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