22 JAN 2020


French producer and distributor will show its highlighted series "Ku Klux Klan, an American Story" and also “Clean Torture: An American Fabrication” and “You’ll Be Straight!”.


French producer and distributor ZED will come to Realscreen Summit to presents its new lineup, including an ambitious project for which ZED is currently seeking a North American partner: "Ku Klux Klan, an American Story".

Directed by David Korn-Brzoza and produced by Roche Productions for ARTE France, this great historical fresco bringing together archival footage and interviews will tell the story of the Ku Klux Klan and, through it, that of America. This 2x52’ will be delivered in September 2020 and It has already been pre-sold to FOXTEL, SVT, NRK, WELT N24, RSI, VRT and TV5 Quebec.

Other great title is "Clean Torture: An American Fabrication", a documentary that combine archive and contemporary footage and delves into 70 years of the history of torture in the United States, thanks to the testimonies of researchers and witnesses - victims or tormentors. Directed by Auberi Edler, this 52’ produced by Program 33 for ARTE France is already available.

The last new ZED series is "You’ll Be Straight!". 700,000 young people in the United States have already undergone so-called conversion therapies, intended to «cure» their homosexuality. From California to Alabama, this documentary offers a gripping immersion into this world, through the powerful testimony of victims and the voice of activists. A hardhitting film that explores through the stories of three teenagers, how homosexuality has divided the American society. Directed by Caroline Benarrosh and produced by Tohubohu and Falabracks for France Télévisions, this 52’ & 70’ is also already available.

ZED is an independent producer and distributor specialized in factual documentaries led by Manuel Catteau and it has been on the international scene for more than 20 years, leading co-productions with major international broadcasters such as France Televisions, Canal+, ARTE, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, ZDF, NHK or ABC Australia.

Thanks to a strong team of 6 producers and the unique know-how of renowned directors and writers, ZED produces around 40 films a year, covering all genre in non-fiction: History, sciences, wildlife, investigation, current affairs and art & culture. With a catalogue of 1200 hours, ZED is also one of the major international sales companies and represents more than 130 prestigious French and foreign production companies, handling distribution of their output to broadcasters across the globe.

Over the years, ZED has built its reputation by crafting high-end and acclaimed films, recognized in the most famous international festivals and very often garnering record audience ratings. “Hitler Youth” tapped into the 5 top rated programs on National Geographic US while “Living Universe”, a 4x52’ series about the search for the exoplanets, is currently a top performer for CuriosityStream. Its last production “Hobbies” was selected at the Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Palme d’Or Category).