BBC Studios partners with ZDF

One Planet

BBC Studios has announced a long-term partnership with popular German broadcaster ZDF that will involve co-developing and co-producing scripted and factual content.

The two organisations have already worked together on the high-end factual wildlife series One Planet: Seven Worlds, which has been made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU).

BBC Studios and ZDF have also been involved with scripted drama The Mallorca Files, produced by Clerkenwell Films and Cosmopolitan Pictures.

As part of the long-term deal, ZDF will have the first opportunity to co-produce NHU projects. The broadcaster’s Terra X brand is already established as the home of NHU programmes on German TV.

“Producing ambitious, high quality TV content is all about partnerships,” said Paul Dempsey, president of global markets for BBC Studios.

“This strategic deal, bringing two of the leaders of European public service broadcasting closer together, is a hugely important and exciting opportunity.

Global hits like Planet Earth II wouldn’t have been possible without international partners like ZDF, which came on board early as a co-producer. ZDF has been Germany’s key investor in our content over the last few years, and is the ideal partner, sharing the same editorial values.”

BBC Studios is the commercial production and distribution arm of the BBC.

Image: BBC


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