ZDF Studios announces a raft of international sales for award-winning drama 'Unbroken'

Mainz, September 20th, 2022

The suspenseful thriller Unbroken (6 x 45’) will be entertaining audiences as far away as Brazil and Australia with ZDF Studios having licensed the award-winning drama to a number of international broadcasters and streamers.

Streaming services who have snapped up the six-part series are Turkcell in Turkey and Poland’s OTT platform CDA Polska. Sales to broadcasters include SBS (Australia), Brazil’s Globo TV, Polar+ France and the three Baltic channels (LTV, LRT and EER) and GSN UK and US where Unbroken will be featured on Walter Presents. Spafax, the travel media network, has licensed the drama for Germany, Qatar and Oman and French production company, Newen, has secured the format rights.

Unbroken is a ZDFneo Original produced by Network Movie, an affiliate wholly owned by ZDF Studios. The series received 700,000 views per episode on ZDFmediathek during its launch month and was a big success on ZDFneo reaching 1.8% of 14-49 year olds and 6.8% overall. To date, Unbroken has been viewed 6.8 million times on ZDFmediathek.

The drama was nominated for three German Television Academy Awards (2021) for Best Leading Actress with Aylin Tezel, Best Drama Series and ended up winning the award for Best Camera Fiction. Also in 2021, Unbroken took away the award for Best Casting (Sandra Köppe, Network Movie) and Best Actress (Aylin Tezel) at the German Academy for Television’s wards (DAfF) and was nominated in the Best Newform Drama Series category at the C21 International Drama Awards.

German actress Aylin Tezel stars as the police detective on a tireless search to find her newborn baby after she is kidnapped while pregnant. A week after her sudden disappearance she wakes up, bloodied. Her baby is gone and she has no memory of the birth. When her colleagues make no headway in the investigation, she takes over and gets entangled in a web of suspicions and lies risking everything to get her child back.

Sebastian Krekeler, Director Drama, ZDF Studios said: “Unbroken has been one of our most successful scripted titles over the last year. A ratings hit, it has been honoured with prestigious nominations and an award so it’s no surprise that this drama has found a home in four continents.”


About ZDF Studios
ZDF Studios was originally founded in 1993 as ‘ZDF Enterprises’, a private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. The company was renamed ‘ZDF Studios’ on 1 April 2022. Based in Mainz, the business is responsible for distributing programmes worldwide, implementing international co-productions, acquiring licences and merchandising key brands under its own name, for ZDF and for third parties. Successfully established as an independent market player in Germany and globally, it operates as part of a strong network of 30 direct and indirect subsidiaries and affiliates. ZDF Studios has the largest German-language programme stock in the world, plus a constantly growing catalogue of international productions consisting of series and mini-series, television films, documentaries and children’s programmes. By continually evolving, the ZDF Studios group has been able to open up numerous business areas in the television and media sector. As a result, ZDF Studios now provides a comprehensive full-service offer and covers every stage in the creation and exploitation chain of successful TV productions in all genres, from developing content to producing, licensing, marketing, merchandising, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Studios
Christine Denilauler (VP Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Studios GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Email: christine.denilauler@zdf-studios.comwww.zdf-studios.com