MIPCOM 2012: Zodiak launches Fast, Furious and Funny channel on You Tube

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 09-10-2012

Zodiak Active and Zodiak Media company Bullseye are to bring the new channel Fast, Furious and Funny on You Tube as part on the platform’s original channels initiative from the UK, France and Germany.
Due for release in 2013, and featuring the excesses of motoring, the new channel, will be managed by Zodiak Active with video content conceived and produced by Bullseye.
The Euro centric production and distribution indie group also revealed at the Cannes festival that French TV series Braquo (Capa Drama), whose international distribution is handled by Zodiak, will be available exclusively to US audiences on the over the top (OTT) Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription services. A remake of the series is also being pitched to US broadcasters.
The new platforms such as Hulu, Google and You Tube, along with emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia and Asia, are regarded as key opportunities for the company’s growth.
Posting $800 million revenues in 2012, two-thirds of which from Europe and with 45 companies set into 20 countries, Zodiak is investing $40 million in new intellectual property, development and acquisitions in all genres, ranging from kids, to scripted, entertainment and factual programming.
“Zodiak Media is also forecasting opportunity for growth in America, where the group has now offices in Los Angeles and New York,” commented CEO David Franck.
The geographical area represents less than 10% of group revenues at present but this is forecast to reach 20% within the next three years. Zodiak Media plans to invest around $50 million including acquisitions and will also seek opportunities in Latin America and Canada.