ZDF Enterprises secures various global deals for its doc slate

The titles, "Ancient Engineering" and "Rescued Chimpanzees of the Congo with Jane Goodall," will soon area on networks in the EMEA region.

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ZDF Enterprises’ recently launched documentaries, "Ancient Engineering" (10 x 50’) and "Rescued Chimpanzees of the Congo with Jane Goodall," have been snapped up by a range of EMEA broadcasters. “These two documentaries owe their success to the fascinating stories they tell, stories that engage a wide range of audiences and I’m delighted that they will be returning for a further series," Ralf Rueckauer, Vice President ZDFE.unscripted, ZDF Enterprises said.

"Ancient Engineering S1" has sold to BBC Studios in Africa, Czech Television. Further deals with major European broadcasters are about to be signed. Nine broadcasters have licensed rescued Chimps of the Congo with Jane Goodall S1". UKTV, BBC Studios in Poland and Africa, MTVA Hungary and France Télévisions have all picked up the series as well as Czech Television, ARTE/ZDF in Germany and SRF in Switzerland.  "Ancient Engineering S2" will be produced by Off the Fence for Curiosity Stream in association with PLANETE+ and ZDF.info. Both titles are now in production for a second season.

The second season of "Ancient Engineering" will cover various topics, such as the creation of ancient stadiums and deadly weapons, and will delve into how gold changed the world and the extraordinary engineering behind historical houses. The series will also look at the secrets behind the world’s first waterways, the complex construction of early bridges and the methods bygone civilizations used to build the Americas. Each episode reveals how these designs continue to shape our modern world.

"Rescued Chimps of the Congo with Jane Goodall" follows the mission to create the largest sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees in Africa. Furthermore, "Ancient Engineering" reveals amazing feats of engineering from the ancient world that have influenced modern-day techniques. The second groundbreaking series about the chimpanzees of the Congo shifts its focus from the history of the chimp sanctuary to its future. With the expertise of conservationist Jane Goodall and chimp psychologist Dr. Alexandra Rosati, the documentary gains unique access to the science behind their rehabilitation. With many obstacles to overcome, the series gives a first-hand account of what it takes to be part of the release group and unveils deeper truths about chimp society. Rescued Chimps of the Congo with Jane Goodall S2 (6 x 50’) is produced by Off the Fence Productions with the support of the Jane Goodall Institute for Curiosity Stream in association with ZDF Enterprises.

These two documentaries owe their success to the fascinating stories they tell, stories that engage a wide range of audiences and I’m delighted that they will be returning for a further series.” Ralf Rueckauer, Vice President ZDFE.unscripted ZDF Enterprises