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WPA Film Library and ZDF in Exclusive Representation Deal

15 June 2005

ZDF.archive and Chicago-based WPA Film Library have signed an exclusive international stock footage representation agreement, it was announced today by Nicola Goelzhaeuser, General Manager, WPA Film Library, and Fred Burcksen, VP Distribution and Investments, ZDF Enterprises.

ZDF.archive, a leading supplier of news, lifestyle and archival footage, will represent several thousand hours of WPA footage in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. WPA’s diverse library ranges from newsreels to musical performances to political and public affairs-oriented footage to contemporary stock shots and classic Americana.

“We are excited about our partnership with ZDF.archive,” said Goelzhaeuser, “ZDF is not only a household name for German TV viewers, but also holds the largest stock footage library in German speaking territories. This new alliance will help WPA reach a broad client base in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and will complement ZDF’s vast holdings with thousands of hours of exclusive footage from our own archives.”

"We are pleased to be able to expand the available footage to our clients, especially with such a renowned partner as WPA," said Fred Burcksen, Vice President Distribution and Investments, ZDF Enterprises. "Our excellent contacts within Germany will allow WPA to increase the use and viability of its footage within the German-speaking marketplace.”

To license WPA footage in German-speaking territories clients can contact ZDF Enterprises at tel. +49-6131-991328 or visit the website www.zdf-archive.com. Material can be screened via an URL, it can be delivered via satellite or courier.


About ZDF.archive

ZDF.archive is the library of the ZDF Network television. As Europe's largest broadcaster, the ZDF Network has been producing high quality television programming for over 40 years. Our archive contains one of the world's largest collections of television material and stock footage. With approximately two million available entries taken from over 300,000 different programs, we have a large library of moving images.

About ZDF Enterprises

Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe’s largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children’s programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

Contact ZDF Enterprises:

Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. +49-6131-991228, fax +49-6131-991229, e-mail: Denilauler.C@ZDF.de

About WPA

Since its inception in 1987, the WPA Film Library has grown into one of the world’s leading footage sources, offering tens of thousands of hours of high quality, vintage and contemporary images.

WPA distributes the renowned British Pathe Newsreel Collection in North America and Japan, and has exclusive rights to the archives of public broadcaster WETA, covering Congressional and Senate Hearings on Waco, Watergate, Whitewater and beyond. Other highlights include groundbreaking music television shows like Hullabaloo, Music Scene or Soul!, nostalgic Americana lifestyle images, vintage training films, campy home movies and classic commercials.

WPA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the MPI Media Group, one of the oldest independent home video labels in the United States and the producer of hundreds of documentaries.

Contact WPA:

Chris Hester, WPA Film Library, Tel.: +1 708 873-3191, e-Mail: chester@mpimedia.com