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 companieshandling 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 4x52' 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).



  • ZED is producing a Television Series on Notre Dame Cathedral - May 2019 - Read the Press Review
  • MIPDoc / MIPTV 2019 - April 2019 - Read the Press review
  • From Cairo to Meidum, Egypt's archeological sites filmed in their entirety by drone by the crew of "Pyramids: Solving the Mystery" - November 2018 - Read the Press Review
  • ZED obtains exclusive access to UN's hand-picked team of Tsunami Hunters in Palu, Indonesia - October 2018 - Read the Press Review
  • The USA, ZED's first Export Market - February 2018 - Read the Press Review
  • MIPCOM, ZED presents 40 hours of new programming with the accent on science - 2017 - Read the Press Review
  • ZED to handle international distribution of several CuriosityStream Original Productions - December 2016 - Read the Press Review
  • ZED takes on Mona Lisa catalogue - December 2015 - Read the Press Review
  • ZED acquires Docside - Worldscreen - December 2014 - Read the article
  • ZED takes on TF1 doc catalogue - Realscreen - October 2013 - Read the article