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.