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NATPE Budapest Spotlight: ZDF Enterprises


A man takes on the Mafia in Maltese, a crime series that is part of ZDF Enterprises’ drama offering.

In the show, Commissario Maltese is a detective who risks his own life, colliding with assassins sent to kill him. Alexander Coridass, the president and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, says of Maltese, “We are very proud to be in charge of the international distribution of this series.”

ZDF Enterprises is also home to the Stockholm-set Nordic noir series Before We Die. The show “tells a unique and unpredictable story set in a familiar crime genre,” says Coridass. “The frantic tempo, the plot twists and the jaw-dropping revelations take the viewers on an emotional journey at the edges of their seats.” He adds that the “raw visual feel of Before We Die grabs the viewer’s attention and never lets go.”

In the factual arena, the company is presenting the international co-production Big Pacific. The blue-chip documentary series “presents the ocean and its denizens in a way never before seen on television, exploring the monstrous to the minute, the alien to the intimate,” Coridass says.

There is also the feature film Dance Academy: The Comeback, based on the teen drama series Dance Academy that has aired in more than 160 countries. Shooting on the feature film included locations in Sydney and New York.

“Our topics work internationally, whether a modern Mafia tale, an atypical Nordic noir crime series, a feature film for young adults based on a worldwide blockbuster series or a groundbreaking factual show,” adds Coridass.

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