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Zodiak sends C4′s “Gypsy” packing

Distributor Zodiak Rights has secured a number of international sales for Channel 4's ratings-winning doc series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (pictured), selling the title into Australia, New Zealand and across Europe.
March 31, 2011

Distributor Zodiak Rights has secured a number of international sales for Channel 4′s ratings-winning doc series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (5 x 60 minutes), selling the title into Australia, New Zealand and across Europe.

The series, produced by Firecracker Films, has been acquired by Discovery Networks for Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovenia.

It has also been picked up by XYZnetworks for LifeStyle You in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, Antena 3 Nova in Spain and VTM in Belgium. In Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Holland, the show has been acquired by as-yet-undisclosed channels.

Zodiak Rights and Firecracker Films have also secured deals with publisher Hodder & Stoughton to produce a Big Fat Gypsy Weddings book, and 4 Ventures for a DVD release.

The first season of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings premiered in the UK to an average eight million viewers and a 25% share, following on from what had been a successful Cutting Edge special, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Emily Elisha, Zodiak Rights’ head of factual acquisitions, said: “The Gypsy phenomenon has really caught peoples’ imaginations everywhere and while there was immediate global interest in the first special last year, the recent ratings-busting series has now taken the brand stratospheric. We highly anticipate lots more deals to be concluded while at MIPTV.”

The series is also one of realscreen‘s MIPTV Picks this year. To see a clip, click here.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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