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Summit 2012: National Enquirer, Zig Zag unite for reality series

UK-based indie Zig Zag Productions is partnering with the publisher of The National Enquirer to make an ob doc series that will follow reporters on the U.S. gossip magazine, with Zig Zag pitching the show this week at the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC.
January 30, 2012

UK-based indie Zig Zag Productions is partnering with the publisher of The National Enquirer to make an ob doc series that will follow reporters on the U.S. gossip magazine, with Zig Zag pitching the show this week at the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC.

Zig Zag’s deal with American Media Inc (AMI) will see the two companies generating content for a number of different platforms, realscreen can reveal.

Enquirer, the first project in development, will be a fast-paced observational documentary series following the lives of a team of National Enquirer reporters who come together on the road from their respective bureaus in New York, LA and Florida.

While predominately noted for its lurid celebrity coverage, the supermarket tabloid has nevertheless broken several news stories of significant international note in its 86-year history, including details of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair, the Tiger Woods scandal, and the revelation of presidential candidate John Edwards’ love child, the latter story of which earned the publication a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 2010.

The agreement between the two parties was set up at NATPE in Miami last week, and Zig Zag has meetings lined up with networks this week at the Realscreen Summit in Washington.

The deal was brokered on the indie’s side by Zig Zag Productions CEO and executive chairman Danny Fenton, and VP of commercial and current production Leila Monks. “We are incredibly excited about this new partnership,” said Monks.

“Our production background and contacts paired with The National Enquirer‘s access and library is going to make for some pretty explosive viewing.”

The co-executive producers of the TV show for AMI are the company’s chairman, CEO and president David J. Pecker; and The National Enquirer‘s New York-based executive editor and director of news Barry Levine. The coordinating producer is Patricia Gonzalez.

In a statement, Levine said: “Connecting with Zig Zag at the recent NATPE convention in Miami Beach was like finding the proverbial ‘diamond in the rough.’

Their eclectic approach in factual entertainment program-making makes them the ideal fit to bring our show to life. And their success in distributing content worldwide will only enhance and expand the Enquirer‘s celebrity news brand.”

Zig Zag Productions’ previous news-led and celebrity-related titles include Politicians Behaving Badly, Madonna and Guy: Where Did it All Go Wrong? and Simon Cowell: Where Did It All Go Right?

Both companies have offices in New York and London.

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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