Zodiak reaches for the stars at MIPCOM

Production and distribution giant announces series of deals

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CANNES -- Zodiak Entertainment has started off strong at this year's MIPCOM with the production and distribution giant announcing a partnership with the Ricky Martin Entertainment Group, a majority stake in U.K. producer Dangerous, sales of Nordisk's multiplatform climate project across the globe and a new event HD TV series based on Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks.

Zodiak's new joint venture with the Ricky Martin Entertainment Group, RM 5to Elemento, will sell and produce Zodiak's products to the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. Based in Miami, RM 5to Elemento also plans to produce original formats for distribution via Zodiak's international sales arm. Ricky Martin Entertainment Group CEO Bruno Del Granado will head up the new company and CCO Harris Whitbeck will handle the venture's creative operations.

Zodiak has also snagged a majority share in U.K. production house Dangerous. Dangerous will now exist under the Zodiak banner, but will continue to produce its own factual, documentary and drama programming, which will be distributed by Zodiak. Dangerous execs Mike Kemp, Richard Dale and Tim Goodchild will remain with the company.

Distributor Nordisk Film TV World is also shaking things up with the group announcing sales of "100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear" to Discovery USA, SBS Australia, TV3 Thailand, N24 Germany, ORF Austria, TV4 Switzerland, TV4 Sweden and Future TV in the Middle East.

Zodiak's Diverse Production will produce a TV series based on the De Agostini Group's collection of Leonardo Da Vinci's private notebooks, The Codex Atlanticus. The show, produced in HD, will give viewers access to the historical library containing sketches, weapons designs, and architectural designs from the famous painter and inventor. Part of the De Agostini Group, Zodiak Entertainment boasts more than 30 production companies in 18 territories plus and international distribution network based in London and Paris.