ZDF Enterprises has inked an extensive deal with LIC, which is acquiring 100 hours of factual programming in 2013 and another 100 in 2014.

The Mainz-based German company will be licensing factual series, such as Hard Time, and shows in all sub-genres to the Chinese giant. This includes programmes from both the ZDF and ZDF Enterprises catalogues in the fields of History and Biographies, Current Affairs and Social Issues, Science and Knowledge, People and Places, and Wildlife and Nature.

In addition to airing ten branded programming blocks on over 300 channels in China, LIC also functions as producer and provider of a wide range of other media-related services. The firm was established in 1994 to buy international documentaries to show on Chinese TV.