NBCU Int’l, Terminal 9 Studios enter first-look deal

Under the deal's terms, the Paris-based prodco will develop formats for global audiences, to be further developed and co-produced by NBCUniversal International Studios. (Pictured: Terminal 9 MD/creative director Claude Lacaze)
July 21, 2016

NBCUniversal International Studios has signed a first-look deal with Paris-based prodco Terminal 9 Studios to develop and exploit international unscripted formats.

The production company, overseen by Claude Lacaze (pictured) and the producer of such series as Cookin’ the World for France 5 and Best Couple Ever for M6, will develop new entertainment shows that, once selected by NBCU International Studios, will then be further co-developed and co-produced with the latter’s stable of in-house production outfits.

The formats and distribution rights will then be exploited globally by NBCUniversal International. Terminal 9 and NBCUniversal International Studios will share all IP created through the partnership.

“From the moment we first sat down together, I realized we share a passion for creating great entertainment formats that will excite the international market, so I can’t wait for our development teams to get working on the next big thing,” said David Mortimer, SVP of factual and entertainment for NBCUniversal International Studios. “This is an exciting creative collaboration and we will be pitching shows together in France, the UK and all the other key markets.”

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