ZDF Enterprises and Uwe Kersken launch the joint venture G5 fiction


Renowned producer to develop original fiction projects for ZDF Enterprises

Mainz, 30.6.2014

ZDF Enterprises and the internationally renowned and multiple award-winning executive producer Uwe Kersken have joined forces to establish the joint venture G5 fiction. Both partners have been successfully collaborating for many years now; Uwe Kersken is co-founder and longtime managing partner of the Cologne based production company Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion. He resigned his post as general manager effective April 1st, 2014 in order to fully devote himself to his new endeavours.

At G5 fiction as of now, and in conjunction with ZDF Enterprises, Uwe Kersken is responsible for the development, financing, production and licensing rights of top-quality, original drama programs (miniseries, long-running series and event productions) with a solid German and international market potential. At the forefront are topics with historical backgrounds; however, projects from other genres are not excluded. Uwe Kersken develops the concepts of these projects.

Within the new structure, Uwe Kersken and his team are presently working on more than 15 projects which he will be dedicating himself to, all of which will involve ZDF Enterprises. Among the first projects of G5 fiction for the international market are the series "Alexander the Great," with Michael Hirst ("The Tudors," "Vikings") as showrunner and author, which is being developed jointly with Beta Film and is currently in the financing phase; the miniseries "Ellis Island," written by Konrad Jay and Dario Poloni with Michael Hirst as script supervisor, and coproduced by World 2000 Entertainment ("The Tudors") and Octagon films ("Borgia"); as well as the miniseries "Dona Gracia" (The Woman Who Fought the Inquisition), whose script and bible by author Gavin Scott are financed by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. For the German-language market, G5 fiction is currently developing several miniseries, two TV movies and a feature film, whereby comprehensive agreements with various German broadcasters have already been forged.

The goal of G5 fiction is to create an international bridge linking in particular the U.S. and well-known creative partners abroad with co-producers in Germany to create fiction programs of various formats and in various constellations: abroad with well-known companies such as World 2000 Entertainment, Octagon Films, DRG, Marsh Entertainment  (Sherry Marsh - "Vikings"), Joss Communication, (William J. MacDonald – "Rome") Mythicfilms (Ralph Hemecker – "Numb3rs," "Blue Bloods," "Once upon a Time") Shaftesbury, Don Carmody, and in Germany with, for example, Beta Film, Studio Hamburg Produktion Gruppe, Zeitsprung, Network Movie and Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, to name a few.