Summit ’13: Zodiak seeking copro partners for Mona Lisa

The international distributor is bringing several wildlife series and specials from the French production company, including Lengguru: The Lost World (pictured), to this year's Realscreen Summit.
January 27, 2013

International distributor Zodiak Rights is bringing several wildlife titles from French company Mona Lisa Productions to the Realscreen Summit, in search of coproduction partners.

The programs include Lengguru: The Lost World (pictured), a 90-minute special commissioned by ARTE and coproduced with IRD in France, about a scientific expedition to New Guinea’s Lengguru mountains that resulted in the discovery of 40 new species; and Life On Us, a 90-minute special commissioned by ARTE/SBS Australia and coproduced with Smith and Nasht that uses microscopic photography to film organisms living on the human body.

Also incoming is Sharks In The Mediterranean, an hour-long special for France 2 and Planète about the great white shark’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea; and Planet Ice, a four x 60-minutes series for ARTE and Nova Media/Radio Canada that follows teams of international glaciologists on four continents.

“Mona Lisa is at the center of pioneering technological advances in filmmaking,” said Zodiak Rights VP of factual acquisitions and programming, Andreas Lemos, in a statement. “From environmental scanning electron microscope photography which reveals the ‘invisible’ world of microscopic organisms, to CGI techniques that render that world’s creatures every bit as thrilling as anything found in a wildlife documentary.”

Mona Lisa has also hired producer Eric Vernière, formerly head of international pre-sales and acquisitions for France Televisions Distribution, to work with Zodiak Rights to secure pre-sales, coproductions and pre-financing on new projects.

Zodiak owns the global rights to the company’s new series and specials outside of France.

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 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.