Zodiak Media

Details of Banijay-Zodiak structure emerge

Vivendi could ultimately take control of the soon-to-be-created Banijay-Zodiak group, according to Les Echos. Initially, Stéphane Courbit’s LOV Group will have 37.5% of the new group and five seats on the board, with Courbit the chairman. De Agostini will have about 36% and Vivendi 26%, and they will have three and two board seats respectively. […]

Zodiak-Banijay merger gets EU approval

The merger of Zodiak Media and Banijay Group has moved a step closer to completion after the European Commission approved the agreement. Banijay’s French parent LOV Group and Zodiak’s Italy-based majority owner De Agostini will now form a joint venture that will house the new group, along with minority shareholder Vivendi, which has been given […]

Sky Arts, Bookhouse to profile Pogues frontman

UK satellite channel Sky Arts has commissioned Zodiak Media-owned prodco Bookhouse to create a documentary about hell-raising Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan. Shane MacGowan: a Wreck Reborn (WT) will air as a 1x60mins special over the Christmas period, featuring the singer, who is perhaps most famous for his festive duet The Fairytale of New York. Billed […]

Hoogstra resurfaces with Banijay’s Stephen David

Former History programming honcho Dirk Hoogstra has resurfaced as chief creative officer of Banijay Group-owned US producer Stephen David Entertainment. At SDE, he will oversee development, packaging and sales of the production slate in the premium content space, responsible for international financing and coproduction. Hoogstra (pictured) is widely liked within the US creative community thanks […]

Vivendi deal for 26.2% of Banijay-Zodiak

Vivendi has signed an agreement to take a 26.2% stake in the new production and distribution group resulting from the combination of Banijay Group and Zodiak Media. Vivendi had previously confirmed it was in talks to take a minority stake in the production outfit. The Banijay-Zodiak transaction is scheduled to complete in the first half of […]

Zodiak, Coolabi team for Sea Quest adaptation

The kids division of Zodiak Media has joined forces with IP specialists Coolabi Group and will develop a TV series based on the popular Sea Quest book franchise. Coolabi owns the rights to the books, which are written by Adam Blade and have sold over 500,000 copies. The property is a spin-off from Blade’s 20-million […]

Zodiak toasts chef Marco Pierre White at MIPCOM

Michelin star recipient Marco Pierre White plans to cook up a storm in Cannes. The celebrity chef is heading to MIPCOM to promote Humble Pie, an 8x60mins cooking format for UK pay TV channel Watch. He will attend an event held by distributor Zodiak Rights on Monday, October 5, and meet buyers and press. White […]

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 […]

Vivendi acquires famous French studio

European median group Vivendi has acquired Paris film studio Studios de Boulogne as it continues to bring its pay TV company Canal+ closer into the coporate fold. The studio has long been seen as a cornerstone of the French film and TV industry, providing the setting for iconic French movies including Les Vacances de Monsieur […]

UK producer buys French boutique sales house

UK-based indie Nevision has acquired a majority stake in French television financier and sales house About Premium Content. The former, a two-year-old production and financier, has paid an undisclosed amount for the APC, which former Zodiak Media CFO Laurent Boissel and ex-France Télévisions and Canal+ channels chief Emmanuelle Guilbart co-founded. Both companies will operate independently […]