Zodiak Rights picks up “Scousewives,” “Repo Games”

Zodiak Rights has expanded its independent third party catalog with three series, including 495 Productions' Repo Games and Splash Media's Desperate Scousewives (pictured).
February 28, 2012

Zodiak Rights has expanded its independent third party catalog with three series, including 495 Productions’ Repo Games and Splash Media’s Desperate Scousewives.

The international arm of Zodiak Media has acquired 495 Productions’ Repo Games series one and  two, as well as the format. The Spike TV series, from the producers of Jersey Shore, combines game show trivia questions with the possibility of car repossession. If the unsuspecting contestant answers the questions correctly, they win back their cars and clear their debt, but if they answer incorrectly, their vehicles are towed instantly.

For the format, Zodiak Rights is working with Spike to expand the remit of the series to include more scenarios of repossession, in order to localize it for international territories.

Jane Millichip, Zodiak Rights’ London-based MD, said: “The high stakes that Spike brings to this reality gameshow make it must-see-TV, and we believe there will be significant demand for the finished program. But the high concept nature of the format also allows us to adapt the notion of repossession for local markets, giving the format flexibility in schedules and for different cultures.”

In addition, Zodiak Rights has acquired Desperate Scousewives, an eight-part, one-hour series which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the socialites and footballers wives in Liverpool. The series was produced by Splash Media for E4 in the UK.

Finally, Sandhurst is a three-part series from Icon Films that gives a ‘warts and all’ look at the world of the titular British Army’s officer training course. The observational documentary was shot at the Royal Military Academy over the course of a year and follows the journey of a male and female cadet during three grueling terms.

Millichip said: “495 Productions, Splash Media and Icon Films could not have produced more varied series, yet all three series are based on excellent access, creative flair and high production values. For us, they really also highlight the level of invention in the factual community right now. Long may it continue.”

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