Zodiak signs MIPCOM Memento development deal
| 26 September 2014
The international division of Zodiak Media, Zodiak Rights, has signed a first-look development deal with French production company Memento and will take its programming to MIPCOM.

Founded in 2000, Memento specialises in factual programming and feature films and has produced over 100 documentaries and current affairs programs for French broadcasters including France Télévison, TF1, M6 and Planète Canal+ as well as international clients such as the BBC, ZDF and National Geographic Channel.

The first programmes to come out of the deal from the Memento portfolio are The Insider (Planete A & E, 6 x 60') and Aircraft (Planete, 3 x 60'), which will both be launched at MIPCOM.

The Insider is a new documentary series that showcases the training practices of the world's most prestigious military units and features international stuntman Alain Figlarz training with the elite special forces from around the world including Israel, Singapore and France.

Aircraft showcases planes, the teams who man them, and the missions they carry out. Across the series it features unique aeroplanes from Western Europe, Ukraine and the US. Memento is also producing Italy's Secret Deal (France 5, 1 x 60'), which is a documentary looking at the links between the Mafia, the Italian government and the CIA.

Commenting on the arrangement, Zodiak Rights London acquisitions vice president Andreas Lemos said: "We are thrilled to be working with Memento Films, who have a proven track record with broadcasters around the world and are experts in producing high impact, adrenaline-fuelled series fully orientated towards the international market...With The Insider, Memento have found a huge talent in Alain Figlarz and we look forward to developing many more projects with him and Memento."

Added Memento president Stephane Rybojad: "We are very happy to be working with Zodiak Rights. Zodiak is a great opportunity and the ideal partner for the international market for Memento. We are closely developing several action series. This partnership allows us to develop more ambitious projects."