NBCUniversal International Studios Pacts with French Unscripted Producer


LONDON: NBCUniversal International Studios has signed a first-look partnership deal with the French production company Terminal 9 Studios to develop entertainment and factual-entertainment formats.

Terminal 9 Studios will be devising a host of new entertainment shows for NBCUniversal International Studios. Once selected, the formats will be further developed and co-produced with NBCUniversal International Studios’s in-house unscripted production companies.

Terminal 9 Studios’s managing director and creative director, Claude Lacaze, will work closely with NBCUniversal International Studios’s senior VP of factual and entertainment, David Mortimer, to develop new unscripted formats, which will be driven internationally by NBCUniversal International Formats’s senior VP of format sales and production, Yvonne Pilkington.

NBCUniversal International Studios and Terminal 9 Studios will share all IP created through the partnership. NBCUniversal International will exploit the format and distribution rights internationally.

Mortimer commented: “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. This is an exciting creative collaboration and we will be pitching shows together in France, the U.K. and all the other key markets.”

Lacaze added: “The partnership provides the perfect opportunity to expand Terminal 9 Studios’s 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.”