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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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