NBCUniversal International Studios, French Unscripted Producer Strike First-Look Deal

NBCUniversal International Studios exec David Mortimer - H 2016
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Terminal 9 has made such shows as 'Best Couple Ever,' 'Cookin' the World' and 'Everybody Sings.'

NBCUniversal International Studios said Thursday it has signed a first-look partnership deal with Paris-based producer Terminal 9 Studios to develop entertainment and factual entertainment formats for international audiences.

Founded in 2013 by Claude Lacaze, Terminal 9 has made shows including Best Couple Ever, Cookin' the World and Everybody Sings for such French networks as France 2, France 5 and M6.

Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Once selected, formats will be further developed and co-produced with NBCUniversal International Studios’ in-house unscripted production companies.

"The collaboration is designed to create meaningful intellectual property for NBCUniversal International Studios, whilst further establishing the brand in France," the partners said in a statement. Lacaze, Terminal 9 Studios’ managing director/creative director, will work closely with NBCUniversal International Studios’ senior vp, factual and entertainment David Mortimer to develop new unscripted formats.

Lacaze previously worked at various French media companies, including a nine-year stint at Endemol France.

"From the moment we first sat down together, I realized we share a passion for creating great entertainment formats that will excite the international market, so I can’t wait for our development teams to get working on the next big thing," said Mortimer. "This is an exciting creative collaboration and we will be pitching shows together in France, the U.K. and all the other key markets."

Added Lacaze: "The partnership provides the perfect opportunity to expand Terminal 9 Studios’ creative reach globally. We can't wait to start working with David and the NBCUniversal International Studios team to create some innovative new unscripted formats with mass worldwide appeal."