Zed acquires French prodco Docside

French producer-distributor Zed has purchased the Paris- and Reims-based prodco Docside. (Pictured: Docside's Naturopolis: Tokyo, Ecology or Cataclysm)
December 16, 2014

French producer-distributor Zed has purchased the Paris- and Reims-based prodco Docside.

The deal – which sees Zed acquiring 100% of the company for an undisclosed sum – allows the Naturopolis (pictured) producer to maintain its creative team and continue development on ongoing projects such as Napoleon, The Egyptian Campaign for ARTE and Blue Ant Media, and My Life Without Waste for France 2.

The prodco was founded by Sylvie Barbe and Jean-Marc Robert in 1992 and is known for its slate of science, history and environmental programming. Recent projects include the docudrama 1812, Fire and Ice and the science series The Secret Origins of the European Spatial History.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“This operation enables us to draw upon the expertise of an internationally recognized company,” said Manuel Catteau, president of ZED, in a statement. “Its productions have namely been appreciated thanks to scientific and historic collections – genres that prove very attractive on international markets.”

Barbe, co-founder and president of Docside, added: “This operation will release me of operational management, and let me focus on the production of ambitious projects, which is the essence of our profession. This merger will also enable Docside to benefit from Zed’s skills in editing and international funding: these two elements are fundamental when it comes to developing quality programs.”

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