ZDF Studios creates new position of Director International Content Partnerships

Jeffrey Haverkamp will be responsible for initiatives to strengthen ZDF's international programming partnerships as of 1 May

Mainz, April 18th, 2023

ZDF Studios will create the position of “Director International Content Partnerships” with effect from 1 May 2023.

The core tasks of this interface position between ZDF Studios and ZDF will include initiatives to strengthen ZDF’s international programming partnerships, the exploration and initiation of framework and partnership agreements with new international programming partners of ZDF, and the evaluation of  current programming offers with regard to the broadcaster’s programming needs. The position is located in the Acquisitions and Co-Productions Department, which provides services for ZDF. For the ZDF Studios Group, the creation of the new function is also intended to generate additional impetus for the distribution business from the development and expansion of international content partnerships.

“In today’s highly dynamic market, strategic partnerships are increasingly important when it comes to producing content that is both attractive and relevant to audiences, while also being fundable and marketable internationally. Jeffrey Haverkamp has many years of experience in the market. He knows ZDF's partners, processes and programme requirements and has a corresponding network,” says Dr. Markus Schäfer, President and CEO of ZDF Studios. "Thanks to his close ties with ZDF decision-makers at all levels, he is the ideal person to fill this important position in order to negotiate international partnerships for ZDF's programming needs."

Jeffrey Haverkamp on his new task: “Strengthening international content partnerships is both an exciting and important task. I will explore the possibility of joint programme development and financing for ZDF and then successfully implement it with the major international broadcasters and media houses.”

Jeffrey Haverkamp studied Media at the University of Siegen and the University of Derby, England. He has held various positions at ZDF since 2002 and has been heading the Program Scheduling Department for the broadcaster's main programme since 2008. ZDF was the most-watched TV channel in Germany for the 11th time in a row in 2022.


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: christine.denilauler@zdf-studios.comwww.zdf-studios.com