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ZDF Enterprises clinches multi-territory deal with Viasat World for Irish drama Dead Still

Mainz, October 9th, 2020

ZDF Enterprises has concluded a major deal with Viasat World’s Epic Drama channel for Dead Still which will see the Irish-Canadian production having a PayTV premiere on 10th October across CEE, CIS, Baltics, Malta and Turkey. Epic Drama is home to some of the most acclaimed and popular international period dramas such as Versailles, World on Fire and Das Boot amongst many others.

Sales for the six part series have also been concluded with Russian VOD service Showjet and Canal+’s French PayTV channel Polar+, with all deals brokered by Mirela Nastase, Director ZDFE.drama.

A macabre comedy, set in the Victorian era, on the strange adventures of two of Dublin’s most famed memorial photographers, Dead Still was written by John Morton (People Like Us, Twenty Twelve, W1A). The series is a Deadpan Pictures co-production with Canada’s Shaftesbury Films in association with RTÉ, Acorn TV with Acorn Media Enterprises, ZDF Enterprises and the BAI. Winner of an International Emmy for Moone Boy, Deadpan Pictures is one of the top producers in the Irish TV and film industry. 

Robert Franke, Vice President ZDFE.drama, said: “Audiences across Europe are in for a real treat with this gothic murder mystery that brilliantly combines drama with comedy.”

Dead Still first premiered in May 2020 on Canada’s Acorn TV and Citytv and will air this autumn on RTÉ (Ireland). 


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 the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, 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. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers 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, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,



Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
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