Zodiak Rights out to “Pout” at MIP

Preening models, weird creatures that can survive in extreme environments, and "a roller coaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics" are among the titles brought to the Croisette during MIPTV by Zodiak Rights.
April 4, 2011

Pouting and preening models, weird creatures that can survive in extreme environments, and “a roller coaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics” are among the titles brought to the Croisette during MIPTV by Zodiak Rights.

In all, the distributor has brought 302 hours of new factual to the market, with 178 hours coming from third party acquisitions and 124 hours produced by Zodiak Media Group’s roster of prodcos.

Pout (w/t, 8 x 60 minutes) is a constructed reality format that shines its spotlight on eight young models. It is produced by Betty for E4.

French prodco Mona Lisa is represented at the market with two blue-chip doc series. Life in Hell (4 x 60 minutes) examines species of “extremophiles” that can survive in the least hospitable of environments, and is produced for ARTE, Ushuaïa TV and RTBF; while Insectmania (4 x 52 minutes) focuses on the little-known positive impact insects have had on human society.

Also on the science front, Zodiak Rights is shopping I Evolve (1 x 60 minutes) from Dissidents and Woods TV for France Télévisions; and The Light Bulb Conspiracy (1 x 60 minutes) from Media 3.14 & Article Z production for Arte France and TVE.

Also, coming to MIPTV for the first time is 27 Inch Man (1 x 60 minutes), produced by Ronachan Films for Channel 4, which tells the story of one of the world’s smallest men and his quest to make the record books. Secret of The 7 Sisters: The Shameful Story Of Oil (4 x 60 minutes) is produced by Sunset Presse for France Télévisions and examines the story behind the pact that created the oligarchy behind the global supply of crude.

As previously reported, Zodiak Rights is also shopping Firecracker Films’ Channel 4 ratings phenomenon Big Fat Gypsy Weddings in Cannes. Another wedding program on the slate – Nice Day for a Greek Wedding (5 x 60 minutes) – is produced by RDF Television for UKTV’s Watch.

Last but not least in Zodiak Rights’ factual department, there’s The Joy of Stats, a Wingspan Production for BBC Four, which explores the power statistics have to shape our world.

Zodiak Rights’ entertainment formats range from giving recently released prisoners a second chance at love to hidden camera pranks involving kids and extreme job swapping.

Quiz and game shows include 3 Simple Questions (60 x 30 minutes) and The Call (one hour format). The latter, produced by Zodiak Active for Italia 1, has contestants make crank calls for prizes.

The one-hour format Interior Showdown pits couples against each other in a battle to see which decorating vision reigns supreme. It’s produced by Zodiak Media Group prodco Kanakna for VT4 Belgium.

Holiday Hijack, available as a format, a 5 x 60-minute series and a 1 hour revisit, is produced by betty for Channel 4 and looks at the little known truths behind cheap vacations.

Prisoner of Love, a one-hour dating reality format, focuses on three recently released prisoners looking for a second shot at love. It’s produced by Palm Plus for NCRV/NED3. Another romance-oriented format is Who Picks Tatjana which features a celebrity also in search of love.

Extreme Job Swap (6 x 60 minutes and format), produced by Constantine for Germany’s Kabel 1 takes a pair of workers that have the same job from a developing country and exchanges them with a pair from the developed world.

Also among the Zodiak Rights format crop is the hidden camera show Beware of the Kids (30 minutes), a Jarowskij production for TV3, which follows a group of 10 to 12 year-olds that wreak havoc on unsuspecting people.



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