SONY AXN GERMANY scores a goal snapping up soccer drama 'The Window' from ZDF Studios

ZDF Studios announces a raft of sales for 'The Window'

Mainz, May 2nd, 2023

The Window (10 x 45’), created and written by BAFTA and EMMY award-winning screenwriter James Payne (The Musketeers, Hooten & the Lady, Mr Selfridge), has been sold by ZDF Studios to SONY AXN GERMANY who have acquired PayTV and SVOD rights for German speaking territories. SONY AXN, the action & entertainment channel of Sony Pictures, will broadcast the first season of the football drama series The Window as an exclusive German premiere on Thursday, 25th May at 9:10 p.m..

ZDF Studios has also licensed the series to Vivacom (Bulgaria), TV4AB (Sweden), Deutsche Welle (Germany), Dubai based MBC, Keshet Broadcasting (Israel) and the global multi-platform video service Vubiquity.

A thriller that takes you deep into the heart of the complex and dark off-field machinations of professional soccer, the 10 part series is produced by Boogie Entertainment in co-production with Fuji Television Network and ZDF Studios. Set in the elite world of top level football involving players, agents, club owners, administrators and journalists, the first episode begins at the end of the English soccer season when the transfer window opens. The Window charts one summer in the life of Jordan Burdett, a 17-year-old wunderkind who is being sought after by every club in Europe.

Marius Rocholl, VP TV Content Strategy & Acquisitions at Sony Pictures Entertainment said: “James Payne has created a superb drama giving a fascinating insight into what goes on behind closed doors. With its gripping storyline, The Window isn’t just for football fans. And the timing couldn’t be better as we look to air the series this summer coinciding with the Women’s World Cup.”

Sebastian Krekeler, Director Drama, ZDF Studios said: “With football being so popular all over the world, it’s not surprising that this drama has international appeal. I’m delighted that The Window, our first scripted co-production with Fuji Television, will be seen by audiences far and wide.”


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.

Contact ZDF Studios
Christine Denilauler (VP Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Studios GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, 55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Email:


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