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Sunny Side ’13: Zed seeking to invest in docs

Paris-based distributor Zed is on the hunt for international projects in La Rochelle and looking to co-finance around 10 blue-chip docs, in genres such as history, science and wildlife. (Pictured: Upcoming TF1 title Sacrifice)
June 27, 2013

Paris-based distributor Zed is on the hunt for international projects in La Rochelle and looking to co-finance around 10 blue-chip docs, in genres such as history, science and wildlife.

The company says it has been developing much lately, and is getting more active in distributing third party programming, as well as raising financing upfront.

“We improved our sales revenues by 20% to €4 million last year,” Céline Payot Lehmann, Zed’s head of sales and acquisitions, told realscreen at Sunny Side of the Doc.

Zed is working with both French and foreign producers, such as Australia’s Essential Media and Canada’s Nova Media.

Minimum guarantee (MG) investments have amounted to €1 million (US$1.3 million) so far this year, including €400,000 into France 2′s ambitious eight-part series Annihilation – The destruction of Europe’s Jews, which is being directed by William Karel, produced by Zadig, and which Zed is launching at Sunny Side.

Zed is also distributing Sacrifice (2 x 45-minutes, pictured above), the new World War II project from Apocalypse producer CC&C.

The two-parter is being directed by Isabelle Clarke, Daniel Costelle and Frédéric Lumière, and being made for TF1 primetime. Major deals are currently pending, Payot Lehmann added.

In other news, Zed has renewed its output deals with Austria’s Servus TV. Under a new three-year agreement, the channel will acquire a total of 100 hours of programming from Zed, a third of which will be pre-buys.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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