Zimmermann produced Tom Fontana's "Borgia," among other English language series.
Klaus Zimmerman is parting ways with Atlantique Prods., the drama production arm of Lagardere Entertainment, to pursue new ventures.
During his four-year tenure as co-managing director of Atlantique Prods, Zimmerman shook up Gaul’s TV production landscape with three higher bracket, ambitious English language shows: Tom Fontana’s edgy period skein “Borgia,” for Canal Plus; “Transporter,” based on Luc Besson’s action franchise, for M6; and Rene Balcer’s Paris based crime series “Jo,” toplining Jean Reno, for TF1.
Zimmerman’s ankling follows a difficult year for Antlantique Prods. Indeed, HBO did not come on board for season 2 of “Transporter” and the producers are struggling to get it financed; “Jo” pulled disappointing ratings and TF1 has not reupped it; meanwhile, “Borgia” is ending its run after season 3 which is currently in post production.
A well-seasoned German exec, Zimmermann joined Atlantique Prods. after producing various international mini-series, most notably the BAFTA TV-nommed “The Sinking of the Laconia” with ARD, BBC One and Canal Plus, via his own vehicle Zen Prods.
Olivier Bibas, who was co-managing director, is now fully in charge of drama productions for Altantique Prods., one of the 17 companies owned by French media giant Lagardere Ent.