ZED secures deal with PBS to air two history documentaries

The titles, "Iznik, The Sunken Enigma" and "Eiffel: Towers’ War" expand ZED's global and US-based operations.

5 SEP 2023

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ZED has confirmed two of its history documentaries will broadcast on PBS. The agreement made with Thirteen Productions, includes the pre-purchase of two premium films for PBS' "Secrets of the Dead" series. By signing this major deal, ZED strenghens its operations in the United States and global presence.

One of the titles includes in the deal is "Iznik, The Sunken Enigma," directed by Pascal Guérin and co-produced by Les Batelières Productions and Scope Pictures. The film follows a historic and scientific investigation to unravel the mysteries of a 4th-century basilica’s sunken remains, found in 2014 in Lake Iznik in TUrkey. Produced for France Télévisions, the film has also been pre-sold to SBS, Viasat, FTV Prima and ORF.

"Eiffel: Towers’ War," directed by Savin Yeatman-Eiffel and Mathieu Schwartz and produced by ZED, is a docudrama that recounts the icredible engineering and architectural challenge that gave birth to the iconic Eiffel Tower, to mark the centenary of Gustave Eiffel's death. Produced for ARTE France, the film has also been pre-sold to TV5 Québec, RTBF, TV5 Monde and Telefónica.

ZED is an independent producer and distributor, founded by Manuel Catteau almost 30 years ago, ZED is a key player in French documentary production, with a raft of major international broadcasters among its clients. With a catalog of 3 500 hours, ZED is also one of the major international sales companies and represents almost 200 prestigious French and foreign production firms, handling distribution of their output to broadcasters across the globe.