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MIPCOM ’15: Zig Zag, Urban Brew stir up copro deal

UK producer Zig Zag Productions has inked a copro deal with South African content creator Urban Brew Studios (pictured) for cross-genre programming serving the South African, UK and international markets.
October 5, 2015

UK producer Zig Zag Productions has inked a copro deal with South African content creator Urban Brew Studios (UBS) for cross-genre programming serving the South African, UK and international markets.

Under the deal, the two companies will be developing shared IP and entering into option agreements for their respective program formats, beginning with UBS optioning Zig Zag’s studio game show format Strike a Match - where participants single out the real couples from a line-up of misfits – for the South African market.

Meanwhile, Zig Zag has taken an international option for Urban Brew’s The Virus Hunter, which follows the world’s leading virologists as they travel to remote international locations to pre-empt the next deadly virus. Zig Zag and UBS have also co-created the re-enactment series iServed and Survived, which follows “modern day heroes serving mankind” in risky situations.

The companies are also set to partner on the development of a production carousel hub in South Africa for large studio-based game show formats. In addition, the deal will see Zig Zag and UBS develop copros around factual entertainment series, provide production and post services on South African location shoots and channel UBS’ technology capabilities into apps and second-screen development.

Zig Zag Productions recently inked a development and distribution deal with Toronto-based distributor Blue Ant Media.

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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