ZDF Studios concludes a raft of drama deals across CEE

Mainz, December 5th, 2022

ZDF Studios, the distributor of a vast and wide ranging catalogue, has firmed up a dozen drama deals with broadcasters across the whole of CEE. A combination of huge volume deals with long-standing clients as well as a new customer, Georgia’s Rustavi 2, has seen ZDF Studios’ business continue to grow in the region following a highly successful 2021 and 2022.

Mirela Nastase, Director Drama for ZDF Studios, said: “I’m delighted that the numerous partnerships we have built over the years in CEE, means our content is widely seen by audiences throughout Central and Eastern Europe. And we look forward to 2023 when ZDF Studios will be introducing even more exciting new programming to our valued clients in these countries.”

ZDF Studios’ ongoing partnership with TV2 Hungary, renewed for a further four years, has resulted in a volume deal of over 1,000 hours. Titles include family series such as The Mountain Medic, Alpine Rescue, Betty’s Call, romantic movie collections, procedurals and prime time dramas Hide and Seek, Voltaire in Love and Grow. 

All Media Baltics (TV3 Group) has signed a volume deal for romantic TV movies and series, such as Rookies and A Case of Murder amongst others. Renewing their output deals with ZDF Studios for another four and three years respectively are Poland’s Romance TV and Bulgaria’s NovaTV, with both snapping up hundreds of hours of TV movie collections.

A new volume deal with NovaTV sees the FTA Croatian broadcaster licensing a mix of TV movies as well as crime and family series such as Marie Brand, Never too Late for Justice, Disappeared - the MPU and The Mountain Medic. NovaTV in the Czech Republic has also bought a selection of romantic TV movies. 

Hit series Hjerson has already enjoyed a successful pan regional premiere on PayTV Viasat Epic Drama while in Hungary business continues with Network 4 and FTA broadcaster MTVA who has picked up the rights to Bron, Boundless and Dr Ballouz

Further deals include Poland’s PayTV Canal + for Chain Reaction, HRT Croatia (FTA) for Queens of Mystery and London Kills and brand new client Georgia's FTA channel Rustavi 2, for a range of content.


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, 55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Email: christine.denilauler@zdf-studios.comwww.zdf-studios.com