Chris Stewart

Zodiak Rights in $150m scripted pact

Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, has closed a deal with British writer-director David Raymond (pictured) that is “anticipated to garner US$150 million of scripted content”. Zodiak Rights has closed the first look finance and distribution deal with Arise Pictures, which LA-based Raymond runs with executive producer and film financier Chris Pettit (below, right). The […]

Sky Arts is Occupied with Scandi drama

UK pay TV channel Sky Arts has acquired Norwegian political thriller series Occupied. The deal with Zodiak Rights means the Jo Nesbø-penned show will debut in the UK early next year. Its debut on commissioning channels TV2 in Norway and Arte in France comes on October 2 and in November, respectively. The show comes from […]

Zodiak Rights poaches BBCWW drama chief

Zodiak Rights has hired BBC Worldwide’s head of drama Chris Stewart. He will take on the new post of head of scripted acquisitions in December, reporting to Caroline Torrance, who also joined Zodiak’s rights division from the BBC’s commercial arm 12 months ago. Zodiak Rights and parent Zodiak Media have been making a concerted push […]