Unscripted

Zodiak Rights sells royal baby, wing-suit flyers docs into N.A.

As part of a slew of sales into North America, OWN has picked up CB Productions' William, Kate and the Royal Baby and NGCI has picked up Pan Pacific Entertainment's Heaven's Gate (pictured) from the distributor.
July 11, 2013

Zodiak Media’s distribution division, Zodiak Rights, has sold myriad projects into North America, adding up to 80 hours of programming from across its portfolio.

As part of the feeding frenzy for royal baby content, Oprah Winfrey Network has picked up William, Kate and the Royal Baby, produced by CB Productions for France 3. Meanwhile, National Geographic Channels International has taken Heaven’s Gate (pictured), a one-hour special from Pan Pacific Entertainment following wing-suit flyers Jeb Corliss and Iiro Seppanen as they aim to fly through a mountain cave in China.

PBS science strand ‘Nova’ has picked up U.S. broadcast rights to WWI: Top Gun Revealed from Bedlam Productions, which reveals the untold story of the birth of the fighter plane. The strand will air it next year in time for the 100-year anniversary of World War I.

Meanwhile, north of the U.S. border, Canadian LGBT-skewing network OUTtv has taken the docusoap In the Big House, following recently paroled former mobster ‘Big Lou’ Verdi as he moves in with his modern West Hollywood family.

Bell Media in Canada has grabbed two unscripted series from Zodiak Rights’ catalog: Beverly Hills Pawn (18 x 30 minutes) and Rehab with Dr. Drew (11 x 60 minutes). As well, Shaw Media has bought season nine and 10 of Hardcore Pawn (26 x 30 minutes), the fifth and sixth seasons of Lizard Lick Towing (26 x 30 minutes), and the U.S. version of A Place in the Sun (12 x 30 minutes). The programs will air on the mediaco’s Action and HGTV channels from September 2013.

Canada’s Corus Entertainment, meanwhile, has taken Tough Love New Orleans (10 x 60 minutes) for Cosmo TV.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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