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Zodiak Rights has another successful MIPCOM
14,000 delegates and 2,000 exhibitors including Zodiak Rights attended MIPCOM 2016 this year. Based at our stand C20.A, just outside the Palais, we met with buyers, producers, commissioners and distributors alike; showcasing some of our newest and biggest programmes including: SAS Who Dares Wins Series 2, Undressed, All Against 1, Black Lake, The Accident and Make My Body Better.
Our global hit drama Versailles took centre stage as we announced pre-sales for Series 2. Cast members Tygh Runan and Anna Brewster added glamour to an event to celebrate the success of series 1 and to launch the second series.
Thank you to everyone at Banijay Group and Zodiak Rights who helped to make our market both successful and enjoyable. We would also like to thank everyone who took the time to come and to meet with us, and to all the new connections we have made.
Public Enemy Secures Raft Of Deals In Europe With Zodiak Rights
Zodiak Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, confirmed today that it has signed a slew of new European deals for its hit French language drama Public Enemy.
Produced by Belgian’s Entre Chien et Loup and Playtime Films for RTBF Belgium, the 10 x 60’ drama Public Enemy has been acquired by Sky for their premium channel Sky Atlantic in both the UK and Germany; free to air broadcaster TF1 in France; Movistar Series Xtra and Movistar VOD, Spain; Ale Kino Channel (Canal + Group), Poland and will air on top Scandinavian broadcaster C More’s linear and premium SVOD services in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.
Winner of the hotly
contested inaugural MIPDrama Screenings Buyers’ ‘Coup de Coeur’ Award and
a primetime ratings hit for RTBF Belgium, securing an audience share of more
than 25%, Public Enemy centres on the story of Guy Béranger, a dangerous child murderer at the end of his prison
sentence. His release on parole to the custody of the monks at Vielsart Abbey
leads to an outcry from the nearby small village and to the rest of the
country. But when a young girl disappears on the outskirts of the Abbey, the entire
village is in uproar.
Producer François Touwaide, Entre Chien et Loup said, “Public Enemy is the result of a great initiative launched jointly by Wallonia Brussels Federation and RTBF in 2013 to develop Belgian talent across TV series. After a significant success in Belgium we are very happy with the international response to the show and the great job done by the Zodiak Rights team. Zodiak Rights believed in the show from the very beginning and has been a great support all the way.”
Caroline Torrance, Head of Scripted at Zodiak Rights, commented, “We’re delighted to sign this first roster of deals for Public Enemy in Europe. This gripping drama received wide critical acclaim on its debut in Belgium, comfortably winning its primetime slot, and that success, alongside the recognition at MIPTV, has provided a great launch pad for our international sales. The demand for innovative, globally-relevant drama that works across platforms continues to be very strong and we expect these deals to be the first of many for this compelling series.”
Zodiak Rights holds worldwide distribution rights to Public Enemy excluding Belgium.
Public Enemy is a coproduction between Entre Chien et Loup, Playtime Films, RTBF (Télévision Belge) and Proximus; produced with the support of Fonds Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – RTBF (Télévision Belge) for Belgian series with the participation of Wallonie et de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale; produced with the support of Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge, Casa Kafka Pictures, Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter, empowered by Belfius.
Format Hit Undressed Zips Into Major Territories As Banijay Group Unveils New Formats For MIPCOM
Paris, 4th October – Banijay Group has licensed the international primetime hit format Undressed, which has already been seen by more than 25 million* viewers, to a raft of additional key territories.
The innovative format is heading to Spain for free to air channel Dkiss with a 20 x 30’ series produced by Banijay Group’s Magnolia Spain and in France a 6 x 45’ series of Undressed has been produced by Banijay’s ALP for NRJ12. Both series will air later this year. An Australian version of Undressed (20 x 30’) is in production with Banijay’s Screentime for SBS.
In Italy, youth skewing channel Nove has commissioned two further seasons of the popular format from Magnolia Italy, the original creator. Series 3, which will air this autumn, is 25 x 30’ and series 4, which is set for broadcast in 2017, is a 50 episode order bringing the total number of Italian episodes available to 155 x 30’.
This news follows the recent announcement of a second 20 x 30’ series of Undressed, produced by Fizz, part of Banijay Group’s RDF Television, for TLC for the UK, which is already in production following a successful first series. A 12 x 30’ series has previously aired in the Netherlands produced by Zodiak Nederland for TLC.
Banijay Group’s distribution arm, Zodiak Rights, has licensed a 12 x 30’ series of Undressed to be produced by ATM Grupa for TLC in Poland. Alongside this raft of format deals for Undressed, Zodiak Rights has already started inking deals for these new international finished versions, as it launches the Italian, UK, Australian and Polish adaptations to the global market at MIPCOM.
Grant Ross, EVP Global Creative Development & Format Acquisitions at Banijay Group, says, “As we add three more major territories to the six already in production or on air, as well as other key territories about to close, Undressed is proving to have genuine global appeal and has quickly become a truly valuable property for the Banijay Group.”
Banijay Group is launching a slate of new formats at MIPCOM next month, including the primetime entertainment hit for all the family All Against 1. Created by Nordisk Film TV Denmark for DR1, All Against 1 is Denmark’s highest rating new format in 2016 with the most successful integrated play-along app ever for the channel; The Big Leap, a reality series produced by Nordisk Film Norway for NRK which is beating all-comers in its timeslot; from manly jobs to full time dads, Paternity Dads is the new social experiment format produced by Mastiff Denmark for Kanal 4 Real; factual entertainment series The Big Secret, created by Mastiff Norway for NRK1, delivers a heartfelt look at coming-out stories and Brush With Fame from Screentime Australia, currently the highest rating factual entertainment series on ABC, consistently performing 50% above timeslot average.
(* across all episodes, including repeats)
The Supervet Goes Global
Zodiak Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, has secured global sales for the ground-breaking factual series The Supervet, it was announced today by CEO Tim Mutimer.
The Supervet Series 3 (26 x 60’) shows life at a cutting-edge veterinary hospital and reveals the dedication of captivating vet Noel Fitzpatrick and his team of experts as they go the extra mile to help vulnerable pets. The third series of this heart-warming and emotional show has been acquired by SBS Australia, Sky New Zealand, BBC Earth in Asia and South Africa, Viasat World for pan Eastern Europe, Kanal 2 Estonia, SVT Sweden, Numero 23 in France, Manoto TV for Iran, SIC MULHER Portugal, AMC Networks International Iberia for Odisea Spain. Since launch The Supervet has reached more than 22 million viewers - nearly 40% of the UK population.
Tim Mutimer commented, “We are very proud to have sold further episodes of this uplifting and touching series. Our love of pets is universal and the dedication of Noel and his colleagues is awe-inspiring and engaging for viewers everywhere. The figures speak for themselves as The Supervet has built its audience share by 45% across its multiple series in the UK with the latest series averaging a staggering 76% above Channel 4 slot norms. It has had similar success in other parts of the world.”
Taking life-saving care to a whole new level, Fitzpatrick Referrals is the last-chance saloon for Britain's most sick and injured pets. With two hundred new cases every month, from rabbits with broken legs to dogs with cancer, Fitzpatrick Referrals is one of the biggest and best veterinary hospitals in the world. Every animal emergency has a deeply human subtext. Charismatic and witty surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick leads a team of 100 nurses, physiotherapists and hydro-therapists. With multiple operating theatres, a rehabilitation pool and a radiology department, the level of care would satisfy human patients. The Supervet follows Noel and his team over several months. From French bulldogs being taught to walk again to a dog being given wolverine-style metal rods in its leg, this series is full of the most unusual veterinary cases and plenty of joyful owners who'd been told to give up hope.
Zodiak Rights will launch a brand new 4 x 60’ series of The Supervet at MIPCOM: The Supervet – Bionic Specials, produced by Blast! Films for Channel 4. These four hour-long specials explore the revolution in bioengineering and regenerative medicine behind Professor Noel Fitzpatrick’s pioneering veterinary procedures.
Transforming the lives - and life chances - of much-loved pets, Noel’s cutting-edge techniques don’t come from veterinary textbooks. Each new challenge requires an innovative solution. For the first time in the history of The Supervet, we delve deeper into the science behind these extraordinary procedures. The four themed episodes focus on: joint surgery (including 3D-printed implants), limb salvage (including endo- and exo-prostheses), spinal surgery (including disc replacement and spinal fusion), and regenerative medicine (including stem cells, scaffolds and unloading osteotomies). We visit a cancer research centre and the factory that builds the prostheses, as well as meeting more people who love their animals and animals who love their families.