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ZED sells “The Rise of the Gulf” to Austria

French producer-distributor ZED has scored its first sale after picking up the worldwide rights for 2 x 55-minute documentary The Rise of the Gulf (pictured), to ORF Austria.
December 12, 2014

French producer-distributor ZED has scored its first sale after picking up the worldwide rights for 2 x 55-minute documentary The Rise of the Gulf (pictured), to ORF Austria.

The deal follows the December 10 airing of the Frédéric Compain doc on French channel ARTE, which brought in the largest viewing audience of 2014 for the network’s primetime History slot, claiming an audience share of almost twice the average for the time period.

The Rise of the Gulf chronicles the rise of cities such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha from small Arab villages into major metropolitan centers, using archive footage and exclusive interviews with Gulf leaders and major personalities.

It was produced by Artline Films with ARTE France, TV5 Monde, RTS Switzerland, and TV2M Morocco in association with Kuwait’s Linked Productions, and support from the EU’s Media Program and the Doha Film Institute.

“This blend of history and current affairs helps us understand the long-term strategy of these countries,” said executive producer Olivier Mille in a statement. “It goes far beyond the usual media coverage of Qatar and the UAE, which are making headlines regularly.”

An air date has yet to be set for the ORF Austria broadcast.

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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