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Zodiak sends C4′s “Gypsy” packing

Distributor Zodiak Rights has secured a number of international sales for Channel 4's ratings-winning doc series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (pictured), selling the title into Australia, New Zealand and across Europe.
March 31, 2011

Distributor Zodiak Rights has secured a number of international sales for Channel 4′s ratings-winning doc series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (5 x 60 minutes), selling the title into Australia, New Zealand and across Europe.

The series, produced by Firecracker Films, has been acquired by Discovery Networks for Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovenia.

It has also been picked up by XYZnetworks for LifeStyle You in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, Antena 3 Nova in Spain and VTM in Belgium. In Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Holland, the show has been acquired by as-yet-undisclosed channels.

Zodiak Rights and Firecracker Films have also secured deals with publisher Hodder & Stoughton to produce a Big Fat Gypsy Weddings book, and 4 Ventures for a DVD release.

The first season of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings premiered in the UK to an average eight million viewers and a 25% share, following on from what had been a successful Cutting Edge special, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Emily Elisha, Zodiak Rights’ head of factual acquisitions, said: “The Gypsy phenomenon has really caught peoples’ imaginations everywhere and while there was immediate global interest in the first special last year, the recent ratings-busting series has now taken the brand stratospheric. We highly anticipate lots more deals to be concluded while at MIPTV.”

The series is also one of realscreen‘s MIPTV Picks this year. To see a clip, click here.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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