ZED launches new label with Antefilms

AnteZED brings together the skills of French prodcos ZED and Antefilms International to create youth-oriented factual programming.
August 23, 2001

The problem with youth-skewing documentaries, explains Eric Garnet, GM of France-based Antefilms International, is that broadcasters and kids alike hear the word ‘documentary’ and collectively cringe. That’s not to say that there isn’t demand for the genre, but entries need to approach the learning elements from an entertainment angle.

To help fill the niche, Garnet has hooked up with long-time friend Manuel Catteau of Paris-based Zoo Ethnological Documentaries (ZED) to launch a new label called AnteZED. It’s a joint venture, ‘a gentlemen’s agreement,’ Garnet says, where each partner shares in the expense and profit equally. The unit will focus on creating fun docs that combine live action and animation.

‘ZED is great at documentaries,’ Garnet says. ‘They’re great at telling stories.’ And Antefilms has proven experience in kids animation, having created series like Flight Squad and Fred the Caveman. Initially, the partners plan to bring these skills together on Akidou, a 26 x 13-minute series in which 3-D characters go back in time to explore periods in history. The stories are written for kids, and the series is produced to be compatible with a European web-TV platform called NPTV. The idea is that if kids find a period particularly interesting, they can access additional educational content through the interactive system. A pilot for Akidou is complete and will make its market debut at MIP Jr. in October.

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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 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.