ZDF Studios commissions first major factual series from Canadian indie Go Button Media
Go Button Media continues partnership with Super Channel on new series
Toronto and Mainz, January 22nd, 2024
ZDF Studios and Go Button Media are pleased to announce their new partnership. The highly respected German producer/distributor has commissioned its first major factual series from the Canadian indie and will also be responsible for its global distribution (excluding Canada). Go Button will also be continuing its successful partnership with Canadian broadcaster Super Channel on this series.
Into the Universe: The Secrets of the Cosmos Uncovered (8 x 52’) is an accessible and entertaining space and science series that will shine a light on some of the universe’s most intriguing and baffling questions. It will examine the why of the universe’s unknowns and seek to crack the code to find answers to these cosmic conundrums, many of which have baffled the brightest minds for decades and even centuries.
Working with astronomers, engineers, astrophysicists and philosophers, the series will combine expert commentary with the latest science and CGI to delve into complex cosmic riddles, reviewing their often-mind-bending implications for humankind. Produced in 4K, episodes will cover a range of stellar subjects, including the size, scope and shape of the universe, how stars collide to become supernovas, what are the origins of existence on Earth and are we truly the only planet with proof of life?
Daniel Oron, co-founder and executive producer at Go Button Media, comments, “The team at ZDF Studios has a first-rate reputation for co-producing, acquiring, and representing some of the best factual programming in the international marketplace. With the bar set high, we are extremely proud of, and motivated by, this new partnership with ZDF Studios and hope the collaboration will be the first of many more exciting productions to follow.
“Into the Universe is destined to be one of our biggest series yet and builds on the experience we gained producing previous series such as A World Without NASA and Phantom Signals. This dynamic new title will be a strong representation of how Go Button consistently utilizes its curiosity and creativity to deconstruct vast topics, making them more memorable and entertaining for viewers. We are also delighted to continue expanding our successful relationship with Super Channel in Canada into 2024, knowing that with them, Into the Universe will thrive in its home market as well as internationally.”
Ralf Rückauer, VP Unscripted at ZDF Studios, says: “We are proud of our partnership with Go Button Media and delighted to be working with Super Channel. Canada continues to produce excellent programming of the highest quality that hits the nerve of our customers. Humanity is still at the very beginning of space exploration, even though we think we know a lot. There is still so much to discover, so many unanswered questions. We are delighted to be working with the teams at Go Button Media and Super Channel on Into the Universe: The Secrets of the Cosmos Uncovered to reveal the latest findings. It doesn't get any more exciting than Space!”
Kimberly Ball, chief content officer at Super Channel adds: Super Channel and Go Button’s partnership is now entering its sixth year and I’m delighted to say that it is still going strong. Their team is never short of great new ideas for series and this combination of space, science and mystery is a definite winner for our audiences. We had no hesitation in giving it a greenlight and look forward to working in partnership with ZDF Studios and Go Button Media over the coming months.” “
Into the Universe: The Secrets of the Cosmos Uncovered will start delivering in the winter of 2024.
About Go Button Media
Go Button Media is a boutique production company founded by showrunners Daniel Oron and Natasha Ryan. Together with extraordinarily talented crews, GBM makes hybrid creative content for all screen sizes and for a diverse range of clients including Warner Bros. Discovery, UKTV, Science Channel, Super Channel, SBS, CuriosityStream, Documentary Channel, Autentic and OUTtv. Recent productions include documentary series Castle Secrets, Deadly Science, Colossal Machines II, Mysteries of the Ancient Dead, Secret Nazi Bases III, Cursed Histories, Mapping Disaster, and Secret Nazi Expeditions; popular challenge series Call Me Mother II, Mom vs Matchmaker IV and lifestyle series Bake and Make Up I.
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.
About Super Channel Entertainment Network
Super Channel is a national pay television network owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company. Super Channel offers subscribers exceptional entertainment value, uncut and commercial-free, with four diverse channels – Super Channel Fuse, Super Channel Heart & Home, Super Channel Vault and GINX Esports TV Canada – plus, access to Super Channel On Demand where available by service provider. Super Channel is available via most cable providers across the country as well as streaming live and On Demand with Amazon Prime Video Channels and Apple TV+, with Super Channel+ now available on Roku. For a list of service providers, please visit: superchannel.ca/subscribe