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Zodiak Media is an independent media company that produces entertainment, factual, drama and kids' programming, with 45 companies operating in 17 countries and $800 million in annual revenues. Zodiak Media owns properties such as Millennium, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Wife Swap, The Secret Millionaire, The Inbetweeners, Totally Spies, Fort Boyard and Being Human.
Zodiak Media is headquartered in Paris and with other key offices in London, Los Angeles, Milan, Stockholm and Moscow. It is majority-owned by Italian conglomerate De Agostini and operates across the world.
Zodiak Media was created in June 2010 following the acquisition of the RDF Media Group, one of the UK’s largest independent production and distribution companies with operations in the UK and the US. Combined with former acquisitions Magnolia (2007), the Marathon Group (2007) and Zodiak Television (2008), the acquisition of RDF consolidated the company's position as a global force in the production and distribution of content for multi-media platforms, the most significant of which is television.
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Programmes produced by Zodiak Media companies are distributed internationally by Zodiak Rights, the international rights and distribution arm of Zodiak Media. With offices in London and Paris, Zodiak Rights has dedicated in-house Licensing Divisions who license, acquire and distribute rights to the global marketplace.
Zodiak Media-produced scripted programming include: Being Human, the supernatural series for BBC Three and Syfy US; Wallander, the BAFTA award-winning drama series for BBC One starring Kenneth Branagh; The Millennium Trilogy, the highest grossing Scandinavian movie of all time; Singlehanded, the Irish and UK coproduction about a lone police sergeant in rural Ireland; and cult French drama series Saint-Tropez.
Zodiak Media companies
- Zodiak Americas
Zodiak Americas is the North, Central and South American operation for Zodiak Media. The division's four companies; Zodiak Los Angeles, Zodiak New York, Zodiak Brasil and Zodiak Latino; distribute Zodiak Media properties and produce original content for their respective service areas. Production credits include:
- Zodiak New York and Zodiak Los Angeles: Secret Millionaire, Celebrity Wife Swap, Being Human, Hardcore Pawn, Lizard Lick Towing and Killer Karaoke.
- Zodiak Brasil: Cante se Puder and Faça e disfarça (Brazilian versions of Sing If You Can and Deal With It, respectively)
- Zodiak Latino: La Expedición Sing if you Can Peru
- Zodiak France
Zodiak’s French division comprises seven different companies ; Marathon Media, Tele Images, Marathon mages, GTV, Mona Lisa, Adventure Line Productions and KM ; and produces a variety of content across several genres including documentaries, factual programmes, scripted drama, and entertainment formats.
Zodiak France's production credits include:
- Marathon Media: Totally Spies! and Rekkit Rabbit
- Tele Images: Sally Bollywood and The Basketeers
- Marathon Images: St Tropez, Braquo
- GTV: Blood on the Docks, I Love Périgord
- Adventure Line Productions: Fort Boyard
- KM: Le Grand Journal
- Zodiak Middle East Asia and Australasia (MEAA)
Zodiak's MEAA arm consists solely of its Mumbai production company Sol Productions, who production credits include Koffee with Karan, Nach Baliye, Rakhi Ka Swayamwar, Zara Nach Ke DIkha and Just Dance.
- Zodiak Nordic
Zodiak’s Nordic division comprises companies operating in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. The Mastiff brand unifies the operations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, while Jarowskij operates in Sweden and Zodiak Finland in Finland.
Zodiak's Yellow Bird subsidiary is credited with the Swedish-language film adaptation of Stieg Larsen's Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest).
- Zodiak Rights
Zodiak Rights is the international rights business of Zodiak Media, claims a catalogue of around 15,000 hours of content. Zodiak Rights specialises in worldwide television and home entertainment distribution and all aspects of licensing, with sales teams in London and Paris.
- Zodiak Southern Europe
Zodiak Southern Europe consists of five companies across Italy and Spain. It comprises the Magnolia companies (Magnolia Italy, and Magnolia Spain), as well as 2BCom in Italy.
- Zodiak UK, Belgium & Netherlands
Zodiak UK, Belgium & Netherlands is a division comprising 13 production companies in the three territories, UK, Belgium and Netherlands.
Its various units include among their production credits Being Human, Secret Millionaire, Extreme Fishing, Only Connect, Waybuloo, Dickinson’s Real Deals, Rab C Nesbitt, Gadget Geeks, Help! My House is Falling Down, Show Me The Monet, Peking Express and Fort Boyard.
- Zodiak Vostok
Zodiak Vostok (Vostok meaning "east" in Russian) has three subsidiaries producing content for Russia’s leading broadcasters.
- TeleAlliance produces factual entertainment formats and dramas.
- Dixi produces scripted content, including Glukhar.
- Mastiff Russia produces a range of international formats.
- Zodiak Active
Zodiak Active is the digital hub of Zodiak Media, dedicated to the creation, development and production of digital and branded content across all platforms.
Zodiak Active was created by the integration of Zodiak Media companies already engaged in the market for digital and branded content, including Neo Network in Southern Europe and South America and RDF Contact in the UK.
The company partners with brands, media owners, mobile carriers and broadcasters to deliver content and multimedia services based on original concepts and draws upon existing hit TV formats and entertainment brands within Zodiak Media.
Zodiak Active claims revenues exceeding €30m, with over 160 employees and offices in London, Milan, Genoa, New York and Rio de Janeiro.
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