Zodiak Rights

Banijay rebrands Zodiak Rights

France’s Banijay Group has rebranded its sales arm, Zodiak Rights, just under a year after the Banijay-Zodiak Media merger. Banijay Rights was revealed this morning in Europe, a day before the NATPE Miami event begins and more than two months ahead of MIPTV in Cannes. Zodiak Rights was the name adopted after Zodiak and Banijay […]

Raft of commissions for Channel 4

UK broadcaster Channel 4 unveiled a raft of new programming at its upfront in London yesterday. The pubcaster has a history of breakout comedy and announced the return of Peep Show duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb to its air with sitcom Back. Simon Blackwell (Veep, Peep Show) will pen the 6x30mins series, which follows […]

Raft of Secret Life of 4 Year Olds deals

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds format has been picked up by broadcasters across Europe. The format observes a group of 4 year olds in detail, showing how they play and interact with each other in a real nursery setting. The show was created by UK prodco RDF, which is part of the Banijay […]

Fremantle prodco details claim against Banijay

FremantleMedia-backed Israeli prodco Abot Hameiri is claiming an initial £42,528 (US$52,700) from Banijay Group in the formats dispute between the pair. The sum, revealed in the official legal documents, is what Tel Aviv-based Abot Hameiri estimates to be the net profit from the sale of the All Against 1 format to Danish pubcaster DR, plus […]

New deals for controversial Banijay format

All Against 1, the Banijay format at the centre of an IP dispute with FremantleMedia, has been racked up new deals in Denmark, Finland and Norway, with a free TV deal in the works in Germany. FremantleMedia-backed alleges the show is a copy of its Dori Media-distributed format Best of All. A formats dispute erupted […]

10 MIPCOM trends

MIPCOM has ended with no major dramas of the ash cloud, flood or industrial action kind, but several of the small-screen variety, with Shonda Rhimes gracing Cannes alongside actors Jenna Coleman (Victoria), Rutger Hauer (Mata Hari), Kiefer Sutherland (Designated Survivor) and the cast of Versailles. Curvy Supermodel led the unscripted charge, and on the kids front, […]

Winners crowned at TBI Content Innovation Awards

Gaumont Television, Zodiak Rights, Content Media and Fox UK were among the big winners at the second Content Innovation Awards last night. Gaumont scooped the gong for Breakout International Drama for Netflix’s Pablo Escobar drama Narcos, Zodiak Rights bagged the Best Series Launch of the Year award for Canal+ period piece Versailles, and Content was named […]

Sky buys Belgian drama for UK, Germany

Sky has picked Public Enemy, taking the Belgian drama for its Sky Atlantic channels in the UK and Germany. The French-language series was produced by Belgian prodcos Entre Chien et Loup and Playtime Films for pubcaster RTBF. It is distributed by Zodiak Rights, which struck the Sky deal. It has also shopped the series to […]

Distributor to doc producer with the Royal Good Guys

As career moves go, turning documentary producer after 27 years in distribution may seem odd, even risky. Nonetheless, when I got the chance to produce The Royal Good Guys, I leapt at it – and my distribution experience proved invaluable. The film’s initial premise was: “What do the Royals do all day?” It shines a light on the charity work of princes […]

TBI DISTRIBUTOR SURVEY 2016: The rights fight

Getting the right rights at the right price. That’s the challenge for distributors in a crowded market. Rights fight Programme sellers agree the fight for rights is fiercer than ever, with the need to invest more money, and early in the process, considerations that need to be balanced against the risk of overpaying. Jyotirmoy Saha […]

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