Unscripted

Summit 2012: Asylum, Zodiak Rights sign first-look deal

Zodiak Rights, the distribution arm of Zodiak Media, has signed a two-year development deal with Asylum Entertainment, the LA-based indie behind The Kennedys (pictured) and Rise Up.
January 31, 2012

Zodiak Rights, the distribution arm of Zodiak Media, has signed a two-year development deal with Asylum Entertainment, the LA-based indie behind The Kennedys (pictured) and Rise Up.

Under the deal, Zodiak Rights becomes Asylum’s international and distribution partner, promising the indie an outlet for its formats through Zodiak Media’s 40-plus production companies worldwide. The deal covers Asylum’s non-scripted formats and finished program sales.

Unveiling the news at the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, Zodiak Rights MD Jane Millichip said: “We’re delighted to become Asylum’s official international partner. Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch have created a rich seam of high quality, popular programming with strong international appeal.

“This deal not only gives Zodiak Rights the exclusive international rights, but it gives both companies the opportunity to maximize the international opportunities for Asylum’s formats and finished programs.”

The first Asylum title to roll out from the deal will be Travel Unraveled (10 x 30 minutes), a clip series for U.S. net Travel Channel. Zodiak Rights is presenting the series at the Summit, and will launch the title in Europe at MIPTV in Cannes this spring.

While the development deal covers unscripted programming, the two companies have also collaborated on a number of scripted projects. Recently, Zodiak Rights secured Asylum the U.S. remake rights to thriller series Braquo, which has just completed its second season on Canal+ in France.

In a statement, Asylum Entertainment president and CEO Steve Michaels said: “This is a milestone partnership for Asylum. Zodiak knows our product, knows our market, and will be essential as we scale the reach of our programming beyond the U.S.”

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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