French producer and distributor ZED has secured several deals in the U.S., including teaming up with WETA/PBS to coproduce the series “Korea, the Never-Ending War,” the first coproduction between the two.
Directed by John Maggio and with a budget of $1.6m, the series tells the story of the Korean War, and examines how this unresolved conflict forms the backdrop for the current nuclear risk that North Korea poses to the world. Worldwide distribution of the series is also being handled by ZED, which has pre-sold the series to more than 10 broadcasters including ARTE France and BBC4.
Additionally, the company has teamed up with American SVOD platform CuriosityStream to co-produce the documentary “Ancient Earth.” Using CGI and filmed sequences, this scientific film examines the five mass extinction events on Earth during the past 250 million years, which ultimately led to the emergence of the Human Species.
The French company has also been working closely with National Geographic US and has sold rights to the company for two new films: “The American Dreams of Bobby Kennedy,” produced by Cinétévé and directed by Patrick Jeudy, and “Hitler Youth” by David Korn-Bzroza, which was produced by ZED for France 2 and National Geographic International.
These films join the other titles recently acquired by National Geographic from ZED, including “The Kill,” by Jean
Barraud and Romain Quillon (ZED/Jbiz); “Inside the SS,” by Serge de Sampigny (Histodoc); “1917: One Year, Two Revolutions” by Bernard George (Cinétévé); and “ISS, 24/7 on a Space Station,” by Thomas Risch (The Prod).