WASHINGTON/MAINZ, GERMANY (July 21, 2004)—The National Geographic Film Library and ZDF Enterprises have extended a reciprocal sales agreement to represent content from each other’s archives in their respective markets. Additionally, National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) will license ZDF footage in the United States. The extension of the multiyear agreement was announced today by Matthew White, vice president of the National Geographic Film Library, and Fred Burcksen, vice president of distribution and investments, ZDF Enterprises.
The partnership, forged in 2003, gives National Geographic exclusive rights to the ZDF Network television library for sales in the United Kingdom and, now, in the United States; ZDF Enterprises licenses National Geographic footage to its clients in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. Sales originate from National Geographic Film Library’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and its London-based office in the United Kingdom and from ZDF Enterprises’ offices in Mainz, Germany.
“The combined libraries of ZDF and NGT&F have proven to be a very attractive and efficient resource for producers in need of rich, distinctive nonfiction footage,” said White. “By sharing our assets and the expertise of our respective staff as well as our client base, we have been successful in enhancing overall licensing while adding to the breadth of content we can offer our clients. Augmenting our agreement with National Geographic’s representation of ZDF footage to U.S.-based clients enhances our mutually beneficial relationship.”
National Geographic footage covers a variety of subjects, including science and archaeology, adventure and exploration, peoples and cultures, and nature and wildlife. ZDF footage is gleaned from ZDF Network’s extensive television library of nonfiction programming, covering subjects such as human and social affairs, science, health, wildlife and nature, culture, history, environment, travel and destinations, and current affairs. Footage is available in a variety of formats, including 35mm, 16mm, Super 16 and high-definition.
“We are pleased to be able to expand the available footage to our clients, especially with such a high-caliber partner as National Geographic,” said Burcksen. “Not only will ZDF programming gain an additional platform to showcase the kind of timely, powerful footage we’ve become known for, but our contacts within Germany and beyond will allow National Geographic to increase the use and viability of its programming within the European marketplace.”
ZDF and National Geographic stock footage is available to advertisers, broadcast producers, researchers and curators for use in educational and research projects, television and film productions and museum exhibits.
To license National Geographic footage, clients can contact ZDF Enterprises in Mainz at +49 6131-991-328 or visit the Web site www.zdf-archive.com.
To license ZDF footage, clients can contact National Geographic in London at
+44 207-581-7175 and in the United States at (877) 730-2022.
National Geographic’s Film Library, a wholly owned subsidiary of NGT&F, is an archive and repository for all NGT&F-produced film and videotape material. The library catalogues and sells stock footage from NGT&F’s Specials, Ultimate Explorer series, educational films, and other National Geographic Channel and NGT&F productions. Headquartered in Washington, the Film Library supplies material to a satellite office in London and representatives across the globe. Its fully catalogued database, available online at www.ngtlibrary.com, lets clients search for footage by subject, location or production criteria.
About National Geographic Television & Film
Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Television & Film augments its award-winning documentary productions (122 Emmy Awards and more than 900 other industry awards) with feature films, giant-screen films, kids’ programming and long-form television drama programming. Worldwide, National Geographic’s television programming can be seen on the National Geographic Channel, MSNBC and PBS, home video and DVD, and through international broadcast syndication. The National Geographic Channel is received by more than 220 million households in 26 languages in 148 countries. For more information about National Geographic Television & Film, log on to nationalgeographic.com,
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About the National Geographic Society
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. It reaches more than 270 million people worldwide each month through its five magazines, the National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, films, books, videos and DVDs, maps and interactive media. The Society’s official journal, National Geographic magazine, is published in 24 languages, including German. The Society has funded more than 7,500 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.
About ZDF Enterprises
Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe’s largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children’s programming.
ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.
ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) is Germany’s national public television broadcaster and an independent non-profit corporation under the authority of the Länder, the 16 states making up the Federal Republic of Germany. Based in Mainz, with major editorial and production capacity in Berlin, ZDF went on-air in 1963. Today it reaches its viewers via cable, satellite and terrestrial, in analogue and digital format. As a public service broadcaster, ZDF has a remit to provide information, education and entertainment in its programming, reaching viewers of all ages and in all parts of Germany. As one of Europe’s largest broadcasters, ZDF German Television is a strong player in the international field: Long-established bilateral and multilateral partnerships and exchanges, especially with fellow members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), are complemented with numerous individual cooperation agreements with broadcasters around the world.