GRB, Zig Zag team up for unscripted co-productions

Sarah Coursey, Matt Graff

US producer-distributor GRB Studios has struck an unscripted co-production pact with UK indie Zig Zag Productions.

Under the deal, the two businesses will shop and produce unscripted projects between the US and UK, with Zig Zag taking out mutually chosen GRB projects in the UK and GRB shopping its partner’s titles Stateside.

Any projects that are greenlit will be co-produced by the two prodcos.

The deal was struck by GRB Studios’ SVP of international Sarah Coursey and Zig Zag MD Matt Graff.

GRB’s slate includes A&E series Intervention, TLC’s Untold Stories Of The ER and Nat Geo’s Showdown Of The Unbeatables, while Zig Zag’s recent credits are BBC Three’s Stacey Dooley: Face To Face With The Arms Dealers and Quest Red’s Killing Michael Jackson.

Coursey said: “GRB Studios is thrilled to partner with Zig Zag Productions, a consummate independent powerhouse company, very united with GRB’s goals. Our aim is to co-produce a number of compelling unscripted projects together that will appeal to a global audience, harnessing the best of both companies’ creative and business strengths.”

Graff added: “We’re excited to be forming this strategic alliance to exploit mutually selected Zig Zag and GRB projects and formats for the US and UK markets. Creating an Anglo-American partnership between two strong independent players with proven excellence in creativity and production is an exciting prospect.”

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