Mediaset España has acquired exclusive free-TV and non-exclusive SVOD rights for two premium crime series from ZDF Studios: “Heldt - A Date with Justice” (seasons 1-8, 108 x 45’) and “SOKO Leipzig” (seasons 17-19, 72 x 45’). The Mediaset España group acquired rights for Spain and Andorra, following a long-standing relationship between the two companies.
The long running series “Heldt - A Date with Justice” is a very modern crime drama with a good dose of humour featuring a rogue detective who always gets his man. Produced by Sony Pictures Cologne, the series is a great success for ZDF with up to a 13.5% market share in access prime time and has been sold to clients such as Amazon (Europe) and RAI Cinema, as well as Apple, Google and iTunes, amongst others, for German-speaking territories.
Produced by UFA Fiction, “SOKO Leipzig” is another hit for ZDF with up to 16.5% prime time market share. Set in eastern Germany, the homicide squad is an ultra-committed and highly professional team made up of the fatherly leader Hajo, the ambitious Ina, the handsome cop Jan and the characterful Patrick. The series delivers an emotional punch blending criminal cases with the squad’s private lives. The title, already on air on Mediaset España, has been snapped up by numerous buyers including Fox Channels Int and RAI CInema for Italy, IMMS (Canada and United States), Amazon (Europe) and CET 21, who acquired the format rights for Slovakia and Czech Republic.
“Both of these series are long-running for a reason. They are skillfully crafted stories with engaging characters that have provided hours of entertainment for many audiences across Europe and beyond, and I’m delighted that they can now be enjoyed by Spanish viewers,” commented Susanne Frank, Director Drama of ZDF Studios.