ZDF Studios founds creative company for factual entertainment

Experienced producer duo signed for "CONTENT LADEN"

Mainz, April 16th, 2023

ZDF Studios GmbH, together with Tom Gamlich and Jan Fritzowsky, is founding CONTENT LADEN GmbH in Munich as of 1 May 2023. The company will focus on the development and production of innovative and high-quality factual entertainment formats. Tom Gamlich will act as Managing Director, Jan Fritzowsky will take on the role of Creative Director. The two creative heads of CONTENT LADEN GmbH will also become co-partners.

"The foundation of CONTENT LADEN GmbH is an investment in creativity and innovation. We want to create outstanding formats and in doing so, achieve long-term, sustainable growth,” explains Dr. Markus Schäfer, President and CEO of ZDF Studios. "That's why we are delighted to have gained such an experienced and creative team in Tom and Jan, who represent innovative programme development and the highest production quality in the market."

Karoline Meichsner-Sertl, Co-Managing Director, ZDF Studios, adds: “The ZDF Studios Group’s production portfolio already includes some very successful companies in the genres of fiction, show and documentaries. Now we want to specifically strengthen the genre of factual entertainment through the newly founded company. In the future, we also expect this to have positive effects on our international format distribution.

Tom Gamlich and Jan Fritzowsky were most recently responsible for numerous successful factual entertainment formats for private and public broadcasters as well as streamers as a long-standing management team at south&browse. Tom Gamlich explains: "I am looking forward to this new combination of start-up and partnership with ZDF Studios. The close connection to ZDF is particularly exciting because programme content, values and personal connections are an exact fit." Jan Fritzowsky adds: "No matter if it's TV or a media library such as ZDF's Mediathek - there always has to be the idea that makes it special."

Broadcasters, streaming platforms and other platforms will be able to load content in "CONTENT LADEN" – this is the new company’s straightforward formula. This means attractive formats for both linear offers and non-linear services. By positioning itself in this way, CONTENT LADEN GmbH strives to also become a new and exciting address for creatives and talent – both in front of and behind the camera.


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