French producer and distributor ZED comes to REALSCREEN SUMMIT and 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 2×52’ will be delivered in September 2020. It has already been pre-sold to FOXTEL, SVT, NRK, WELT N24, RSI, VRT and TV5 Quebec. ZED is currently seeking a North American partner for this programme.


Combining archive and contemporary footage, this documentary 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.


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.


An independent producer and distributor specialized in factual documentaries, the company ZED, led by Manuel Catteau, has been on the international scene for more than 20 years now, 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.

On the strength of its audacity and the diversity of its documentaries, ZED has been nominated 5 times among the 10 Best French Producers of the Year, and has won three times the French Export Award that rewards the most well distributed programs abroad. In 2019, ZED has been nominated by Realscreen as part of the « Global 100 », the annual snapshot of the best production companies working in the non-fiction industry.

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 4×52’ 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).



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