Zodiak Americas has struck a deal with showrunner Jeff Apploff and his company, Apploff Entertainment (Take Me Out, Million Dollar Drop).
The deal will see Apploff working with Zodiak Americas to create unscripted formats to be coproduced with the prodco in the U.S. and then distributed internationally by Zodiak Rights.
Apploff created and produced close to 150 hours of the RDF/Zodiak game show Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Under the partnership, the Apploff Entertainment team will move to Zodiak’s Santa Monica office and work closely with Zodiak Americas COO Tony Yates, who exec produced Don’t Forget the Lyrics with Apploff.
The production company says the deal is evidence of a commitment to increasing its development spend this year, and first fruits of a concerted effort to align itself with “the best and most innovative showrunners in the US unscripted space.’
“We’ve designed this deal as the template for the future of our North American business,” said Jonny Slow, CEO of Zodiak Americas, in a statement. “It allows producers like Jeff to remain independent and maintain a distinctive voice while simultaneously providing them with a highly motivated international partner and the global infrastructure necessary to drive a hit show.”
“Zodiak is the perfect partner as we pursue Apploff Entertainment’s strategic expansion into becoming a full-service production company,” added Apploff. “Together we can offer creative channels in both original content as well as the way we do business with networks and other producers.”