Zodiak Rights


Fraud drama revealed after Panama papers

A thriller drama about high stakes money laundering is the first fruit of Zodiak Rights’ development partnership with UK indie Arise Pictures. Billed as Casino Royale meets Wall Street, The Cleaners’ creation comes as the explosive revelations of the leaked ‘Panama papers’, which have implicated thousands of people for using companies to avoid paying taxes […]

Ovation takes exclusive US rights to Versailles

US arts network Ovation TV has acquired exclusive local rights to French period drama Versailles. The Canal+ original drama, which was shot in English, will premiere on Ovation on October 1. This comes after it closed a deal with Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, whose sister firm Zodiak Fiction coproduced the series with France’s […]

Zodiak Rights takes buyers to Wolf Creek

Zodiak Rights is taking Australian SVOD horror Wolf Creek to Cannes next week. The 6x60mins show, from Screentime and for on-demand service Stan, toplines the Banijay Group-owned distributor’s scripted slate. The show has a built-in marketing buzz from the successful 2005 movie of the same name. It is the first original for Stan, the Australian […]

Banijay sales staff set for Zodiak exit

Several of the Banijay International sales staff that transferred to Zodiak Rights are set to exit the new-look distributor, TBI understands, with one departure already confirmed. Multiple sources have said the former Banijay International sales team will all exit the business, which Tim Mutimer oversees. It is understood they have been offered redundancy packages or […]

Small World hires ex-Zodiak exec in rejig

Formats distributor Small World IFT has hired a former Zodiak Rights VP to become its head of European sales, as senior VP Luci Burnley exits the Content Media-backed business. Tara Gaule has been hired as VP, format sales and development, Europe, working out of Small World’s London base and reporting to president Tim Crescenti. Further […]

Lat Am, Euro nets coax Wild Things

Broadcasters in Argentina and Denmark are the latest buyers of Zodiak Rights-sold entertainment format Wild Things. Telefe used the format’s dedicated hub in Argentina for its local 13x60mins remake, with Peppermind attached to produce, while Mastiff Denmark is creating an 8x60mins version for its compatriot, TV3. Other recent local adaptations include Shenzhen TV’s Chinese version, […]

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 […]

TLC gets Undressed with Zodiak Rights format

TLC has ordered local versions of social experiment format Undressed. The female-skewing Discovery-owned cable net will have country-specific Undressed formats for its UK and Ireland service, and its Dutch channel. The UK version of the Zodiak Rights-distributed show will run to 20x30mins and be produced by Fizz, a division of RDF Television, which is in […]

Houlind takes Banijay Zodiak Nordic top job

Jacob Houlind has been named group CEO of a merged Nordic division at fledgling super-indie Banijay Group. Houlind (left), previously CEO of Nordisk Film TV, will lead Banijay Zodiak Nordic, with Zodiak Nordic chief executive Johannes Jensen named VP and deputy group CEO. Banijay Zodiak Nordic will comprise the merged Scandinavian assets of Banijay Group […]

Formats Ireland

Ireland is emerging as a solid format creating hotspot, as its small local market forces producers to think internationally, TBI reports. Ask Irish producers what the most significant development in formats has been of recent years and the answer is almost invariably the same: RTÉ’s Format Farm. The initiative launched in 2012 in order to […]