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.