ZDF Studios lets Spanish blockbuster drama Boundless sail towards new territories

Mainz, November 14th, 2023 

ZDF Studios announces several new agreements on the big budget period drama Boundless (6 x 45’), a spectacular series that tells the story of the first circumnavigation of the Earth 500 years ago by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.  

MBC’s VOD Platform “Shahid” acquired the series for MENA territories, DUBAI MEDIA secured the rights for its Free TV channels Dubai TV and Dubai one. 

Previously, Boundless was sold to MTVA (Hungary YLE (Finland), LRT (Lithuania), GSN Global Series Network (Australia and New Zealand), VIVA (Philippines), ERR (Estonia), Mediasquad (Balcans) and Eleven Entertainment (South Korea), while Anuvu and Spafax made Boundless available inflight.  

The six-parter is directed by Oscar-nominee Simon West whose Hollywood successes include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie and international blockbusters Con Air and The General’s Daughter. He also originated the project Black Hawk Down and served as Executive Producer.  

In 1519, 265 men departed Spain aboard five ships on an expedition to discover an unknown passage to the other side of the world in search of the mythical spice islands. After 3 years of starvation, merciless storms, freezing temperatures, mutinies and madness, a ghost ship barely returned home with only 18 survivors and a hull full of spices. The voyage changed the world, finally proving that Mother Earth was round and teeming with life. 

Taking on the lead role as Magellan is top actor Rodrigo Santoro, who starred alongside Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld. His other credits include key roles in Love Actually and 300: Rise of an Empire. Playing the part of Elcano, the unimaginable hero who left as a prisoner and came back as a Captain, is Álvaro Morte, well known to audiences globally as ‘The Professor’ in Money Heist. 

Yuliya Fischer, Director Drama, ZDF Studios: “I am delighted to see Boundless reaching audiences across so many different territories. It is one of the biggest and most ambitious dramas that we ever had the pleasure of being involved with. With its top class talent, both on and off screen, and high production value, this premium ‘must-watch’ series will continue to captivates audiences around the world.” 

Boundless is produced by Spanish Mono Films in co-production with Fulwell 73 Productions, in association with RTVE, in collaboration with Amazon Prime Video and in association with EiTB, Canal Sur and Aytmo de Madrid and in participation with ZDF Studios. 


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