Germany's ZDF locks up sales for series

Procedurals, non-fiction selling abroad

CANNES -- Germany's ZDF Enterprises has made a killing with its crime series at MIPTV, with France's TF1 taking the second season of procedural "Verdict Revised;" RTI in Italy nabbing "The Fifth Commandment" and "Hamburg Dockland" and Finland's YLE locking up 47 hours of ZDF criminal content.

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Non-fiction shows, one of ZDF's traditional strengths, were also strong performers. The History Channel in the U.K. bought event docs "The Battle Against Rome" and "The Lisbon Earthquake" and ZDF signed a 8-doc package deal with the History networks in Spain and Germany.

Long-running teen mermaid series "H20, Just Add Water," a co-production between ZDF Enterprises and Australian producer Jonathan M. Shiff landed several new deals, including ones with Antena 3 in Spain, Prisvideo in Portugal, Russia's TNT and the Zapp channel in Holland. Zapp also picked up "The Jungle Book," a new 3D animated take on the childrens classic. "Jungle Book" also closed for Sweden (SVT), Norway (NRK) and Belgium (Ketnet).