Doc streamer MagellanTV & French prodco ZED extend factual output deal

Global documentary streaming service MagellanTV and French unscripted producer and distributor ZED have struck a new multi-year production output deal. The pact builds upon the existing agreement between the two companies that was first struck in 2016 and has so far seen more than 20 factual titles come to MagellanTV, including feature doc Amazon Women […]

ZED strikes pact with France’s Label News for Egypt slate

French documentary producer-distributor ZED has struck a sales pact with domestic prodco Label News on a raft of shows exploring ancient Egypt. The deal will see ZED handle international distribution of 16 hours of Label News’ new productions, including RMC Découverte and Toute l’Histoire’s upcoming special, Ancient Egypt: Top 7 Pyramids and Cleopatra’s Secret Tomb. The first […]

Newen Connect hires ZED exec to lead factual & appoints Studiocanal alum for digital

French distributor Newen Connect has hired a former ZED exec to becomes its head of factual distribution and appointed a Studiocanal alum to work across streamer sales. Chloé Persyn will lead on all factual distribution, with a remit that includes strengthening and developing the group’s documentary activity, working with producers on the financing of projects […]

France’s Arte preps ‘Raising Notre Dame’, as prodco ZED eyes pre-sales

Arte in France has ordered an ambitious three-part series that explores the huge challenges of rebuilding the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, with pre-sales now being sought. Raising Notre Dame is from Paris-based factual prodco and distributor ZED and explores how builders are attempting to reconstruct the 850-year old monument, which was almost destroyed by a devastating fire […]

Round-up: ZED sells royal docs; Discovery+ hires Birns-Halperin to head talent development; Jamie Oliver dishes up for Portugal’s 24Kitchen

ZED sells royal docs French indie distributor ZED has closed global sales deals for two documentaries about royal families – Queen Elizabeth’s Last Battles and Her Name Was Grace Kelly. Telefonica/Canal+ Espana in Spain, RSI in Switzerland, RTBF in Belgium, Societe Radio Canada and Latvian Television are among those to take Queen Elizabeth’s Last Battles, […]

What is driving the factual boom?

As Realscreen gets underway online, TBI deputy editor Mark Layton talks to top execs at global factual distributors about recent market trends and how the rise of streamers, coupled with the pandemic, is driving a factual boom. As the global pandemic and its myriad lockdowns, quarantine procedures and safety protocols continue to disrupt TV production, […]

News round-up: TVN snags Fremantle’s ‘kindness’ format; Eccho sells ‘Legacy’; Can’t Stop’s ‘Pharaohs’ travel

TVN takes Fremantle’s Great Giveback Poland’s TVN has ordered a local version of a reality format originally created by Motive Television in Ireland, with Fremantle selling globally. The Great Giveback, which launched on Virgin Media One in Ireland earlier this year, sees successful and well-off families connecting with those less fortunate in their community. They […]

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