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A First For ZDF Enterprises With The Sponsorship
Of The MIPDoc Pitch Event For Factual Content
WORLD CLASS JURY: Left to Right: Top: Peter Arens, Sally Habbershaw & Chris Hoelz,
Bottom: Coraline Roch, Ralf Rückauer & Carlyn Staudt
 
For the first time, ZDF Enterprises are sponsors of the MIPDoc Co-Production Pitch 2015 which takes place today (April 11th). Ralf Rückauer, VP for ZDFE.factual, said: "We are proud to sponsor this event for the first time this year. As one of the leading global players in the co-production and distribution of high-end science, history and wildlife programming, we are looking forward to the projects and enthusiastic producers involved with the pitching battle. The MIPDoc Co-production Pitch competition is open to creators and producers from across the globe seeking to develop factual and documentary projects with co-production partners."

Jury members selected by ZDF consist of Sally Habbershaw, VP International Programming, Production and Operations, A+E; Chris Hoelzl, VP Program Development, Smithsonian Networks; Coraline Roch, Acquisitions and International Coproductions, France Télévisions; Carlyn Staudt, SVP Global Programming & Acquisitions, National Geographic Channels International; Peter Arens, Head of editorial division Culture and Science, ZDF; and Ralf Rückauer, VP for ZDFE.

The five projects chosen for this year's pitch cover a variety of interesting subjects (with short synopses) on which the jury will make their final decision: Brain Power, presented by Alec Herrmann, Head of Acquisitions for the Home Video Department, ARTE (France) & Fabrice Papillon, Producer, Scientifilms, (France). Human consciousness, unique in the living world, has remained a mystery for thousands of years. But today, recent scientific progress from medical imagery to quantum physics is starting to shed light on its true nature. "I think therefore I am." But who is doing the thinking inside of us? Who are we? This film takes us on a journey beyond our brains.

Children Of Dictators, presented by Alexandra Böhm, Producer, Autentic (Germany); Children of Dictators is the brand-new documentary from award-winning Hungarian directors Eszter Cseke and Andras S. Takacs. It presents some of the most influential dictators of the 20th Century from Africa to South America through the eyes of their children and other relatives. The film brings a rarely seen personal perspective on history, and offers a deeper understanding of the most feared leaders in the world.

Pioneers & Heroes, presented by David Hooper, Managing Director, Espresso TV (UK). War changes the world. It shifts the social and political landscape, moving national boundaries and forging new nations. It's the catalyst for major breakthroughs in medical science, engineering and technology. Each episode will focus on a single technological advance or breakthrough – the stories of the men and woman who served on the frontline.

On The Edge Of The Mind - Presented by Ruth Chao García, General Manager, Intuitive Productions, (Spain), and Alphonse De La Puente, General Manager, Somadrome, Spain Creator, (Canada). The development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the 1990s transformed neuroscience. Soon, we will have solutions for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, paralysis, etc. But this is not all. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has managed to implant the first memories in a mouse. We can now imagine a post-human future. The scientific key to that resides in the "Connectome," launched by the US Government in April 2013, which consists of mapping our neural network.

Lengguru, The Lost World, presented by Eric Verniere, Producer, Mona Lisa Production, (France). The most important expedition ever in West Papua New Guinea, led by a crack team of adventure scientists. It will take you into the unique ecosystem of the Lengguru mountains and ocean reef, discovering new species and encountering animals that have evolved in a unique way over millions of years.

Space Smash, presented by Bertrand Loyer, President/Producer, Saint Thomas Productions, (France). The nightmare described in the film Gravity is a reality: fragments of rockets or satellites in orbit around the Earth pose a constant threat to our space installations. What can we do to clean up our space mess? Throughout the world, engineers have been coming up with more and more inventive schemes to clear space of trash and test their inventions.

About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. The company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children's programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. ZDF Enterprises is a comprehensive, full-service company offering every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, and online rights.
 
 


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