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Death Across the Waves - The Drama of the Tsunami Floods - ZDF Archive

1 January 2005

 ZDF Archive offers outstanding exclusive footage material

On 26th December 2004 horror gained a face of its own: within a matter of
seconds the giant tsunami wave wreaked havoc with the lives of countless
people across 5 countries. Today the UN estimates the disaster cost the
lives of 280,000 people, with a large number of children among the victims
adding to the tragedy. In addition, hundreds of thousands of people are
injured or homeless - and the fate of many of those still missing may never
be established conclusively.

ZDF set itself the task of providing comprehensive information about this
catastrophe: neutral, without sensationalism, and always reflecting the
human dignity of those affected. At extremely short notice, the most successful
TV fund-raising event in the world was organised and succeeded in raising
40.6 million euros for the victims of the flooding. As part of this TV
event, ZDF broadcast comprehensive reports about the origins of tsunamis,
the after effects of a tidal wave, the fate of secluded ethnic groups and the
potential for crisis prevention.

We have now compiled into a broadcast ready clipreel, comprehensive
reports from ZDF correspondents in the affected countries of Southeast Asia
that also include exclusive amateur videos and computer animation sequences
that illustrate underwater earthquakes and the shifting tectonic plates.

This worldwide exclusive ZDF material condenses many hours of reporting
and is available by contacting the ZDF Archive Sales Team: Tel: +49 (0)6131
991-328, fax +49 (0)6131-991259 or e-mail

Further information is available at


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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 programme acquisitions
and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires
programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast programme 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.
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based on its high-profile programmes, including book and music publishing
and the licensing of its programme 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
recognised programme brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

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