Zodiak Entertainment acquires UK & US properties for MIPTV launch


MUMBAI: Zodiak Entertainment Distribution has acquired international rights to distribute three hotly anticipated shows from the UK and US.

It will launch the MTV reality format and finished show Hired, BBC2’s popular and long-running comedy panel Mock the Week and Channel 4’s incisive factual format Tower Block of Commons to international buyers at MIPTV 2010.

Hired (format and 20 x 30’ finished show) is the new MTV US reality series that tags along as recent college grads go on their first big job interview. Due to premiere in the US in May 2010, each episode will feature job seekers vying for a different gig in a unique industry, ranging from a junior designer to an assistant stylist to a talent booker for LA’s trendiest and hottest companies.

Mock The Week, is the long running, hilarious satirical panel show produced by Angst productions for the UK BBC2. It is the channel’s top rated comedy programme and one of the most popular downloads from BBC iplayer. Despite its long-established success, Mock The Week will debut at MIPTV this year. Featuring two teams of three comedians and a razor sharp host, it is the edgiest arena on television.

Completing the trio is the 4 x 60′ finished programme and format Tower Block Of Commons. Produced by Love Productions for Channel 4 in the UK it attracted impressive audience figures in its primetime slot, peaking at 2 million viewers as well as making headlines in local newspapers. Tower Block of Commons is a poignant new format, which has relevance in a large number of international territories.

Zodiak Entertainment head of format acquisitions Ilan Astrug said, "These new third party acquisitions will fortify and compliment our strong group line up. We are delighted to partner with such respected, established companies."

Zodiak Entertainment head of format sales Matthieu Porte added, "The variety of our line up is such that every broadcaster in the world has a reason to meet Zodiak Entertainment. With these new format acquisitions we continue to complete and reinforce the value of our catalogue."