Exclusive: Zodiak Rights taps Lemos for NA sales

Zodiak Rights has promoted Andreas Lemos (pictured) to VP of sales for North America, acquisitions and coproductions, as the distributor heads to the Realscreen Summit with a raft of new projects.
January 26, 2015

Zodiak Rights has promoted Andreas Lemos (pictured) to VP of sales for North America, acquisitions and coproductions, as the firm heads to the Realscreen Summit with a raft of new projects.

Lemos, who was previously VP of acquisitions, joined Zodiak Rights in 2011 and has been working on third party acquisitions in the UK. His expanded remit now takes responsibility for all U.S. and English-speaking Canada finished program and format sales.

Prior to Zodiak Rights he held various roles at AETN Networks UK, managing acquisitions for The History Channel & Bio, Virgin Media, and Babelgum. He will continue to be based in London.

At the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, Zodiak Rights is presenting finished tape highlights including the upcoming Rachel’s Tour of Beauty (Imagination TV), Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones (IWC Media), The Private Chef (Okuhle Media) and Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer (First Look TV).

Lemos and his team are also looking for pre-sale and coproduction opportunities for new projects, including:

  • Ranger Danger (6 x 30-minutes) from Sabido Productions – billed as a high adrenaline series from the front lines of the war against poachers in South Africa.
  • Fearless (10 x 60-minutes) from Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder – in which Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor takes on an adrenaline-fueled quest to aid individuals who risk their lives to make the world a better place.
  • Snake Lab (6 x 60-minutes) from WTFN – in which Australia’s top conservationist Tim Faulkner puts the world’s most dangerous snakes on trial.
  • Blinging Up Baby from Alaska Film & TV – Zodiak Rights has had success with the finished tape and will be looking at format opportunities for a U.S. version.

Tim Mutimer, CEO, Zodiak Rights said of Lemos: “His entrepreneurial spirit combined with a great deal of expertise, creativity and ambition matches our strategy for North America. His experience of the Zodiak Rights catalog and pre-financing key programming such as The Operatives, for Pivot, will prove invaluable.”

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.