Unscripted

Summit ’14: Zodiak Rights taking “Planet Ice” to DC

While temperatures in the U.S. capital are supposed to rise slightly by the weekend, the distributor is hoping international buyers will also warm up to Mona Lisa's exploration of some of the world's greatest glaciers.
January 22, 2014

While temperatures in the chilly U.S. capital are supposed to rise slightly by the weekend, distributor Zodiak Rights is hoping international buyers attending next week’s Realscreen Summit will also warm up to Mona Lisa’s exploration of some of the world’s greatest glaciers.

Planet Ice, available as a 4 x 43-minute and 4 x 52-minute format, is planned for a March delivery. The coproduction between French prodco Mona Lisa, ARTE France, Nova Media, TV5 Canada, CNRS Images and IRD Audiovisuel has already been pre-bought by Servus TV and Globosat.

Directed by Thierry Berrod, the series uses state-of-the-art production techniques, including drones that are capable of flying up to 6,500 metres, to capture ice tunnels and glaciers from the Alps to the Andes and elsewhere. The film also features commentary from top glaciologists regarding the questions surrounding the melting of glaciers around the world, while also examining the “key arguments of climate change skeptics and alarmists.”

Zodiak Rights brought the project to last year’s Summit, looking for potential copro partners and pre-sales.

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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