Co-CEO Klaus Zimmermann Exits 'Borgia' Producer Atlantique Productions

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"Transporter's" producers spent only four weeks shooting in Paris, Berlin and Nice before moving to Toronto. The credits and subsidies are substantial there, but so too are the logistics and camera units needed to pull off a convincing action series. Clearly, more time was needed to work out the kinks.

The French production group is also behind such international TV dramas as "Transporter" and Jean Reno cop series "Jo."

Klaus Zimmermann is stepping down as co-CEO of France's Atlantique Productions, the  group behind such international TV shows as Tom Fontana's Borgia, action series Transporter and the procedural Jo, starring Jean Reno.

Zimmermann has been working at Atlantique for the past four years, but told THR he was leaving to pursue other challenges.

“Our industry is moving incredibly quickly, there are so many new companies and new opportunities,” Zimmermann said. He declined to give details about his future plans except to say that he intends to continue in his niche as a producer of cross-border TV series.

Atlantique, owned by the Lagardere Entertainment group, has been one of the most prominent of a growing pack of European production firms using international financing models to greenlight English-language TV series.

The group has had success with period drama Borgia, now entering its third season. Zimmermann will remain a producer on Borgia.

Results have been more mixed for other Atlantique shows. The main broadcast backer for Jo, France's TF1, canceled it after its first-season run, and Transporter, starring Chris Vance, is still waiting for a renewal order from its broadcast partners, which include Germany's RTL, M6 in France and HBO's Cinemax.