EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan’s Federation Leisure, the manufacturing firm behind Canal Plus’ cult spy collection The Bureau, is extending its attain to the UK. The prolific indie participant is partnering with former eOne Head of Scripted Polly Williams and former eOne VP of Scripted Arielle Gottlieb to launch a brand new London-based manufacturing outfit. The corporate has but to be named.
Williams, who will be a part of as Managing Director, and Gottlieb, who will be a part of as Artistic Director, will give attention to working with premium drama creators to create bold English-language content material for a worldwide viewers. The duo may even goal to convey extra female-led content material to the Federation slate.
The brand new enterprise at present has a slate of high-profile initiatives at present in improvement, that are anticipated to be introduced shortly. The corporate will develop, produce and put money into drama for TV and movie and says it should supply flexibility for creators past the standard in-house manufacturing mannequin. It’s actively eyeing co-productions, co-financing and distribution alternatives.
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“The UK has all the time been on our radar nevertheless it was essential we secured the correct of expertise to steer this new operation,” mentioned Breton. “Each Polly and Arielle are dynamic executives with spectacular observe information who will be capable of convey distinctive, unique content material to the corporate. We’re completely delighted to welcome them to our ‘federation’ community.”
Williams added: “I’m thrilled to be partnering with the sensible Arielle on this new enterprise. We each suppose Federation is a really sensible, thrilling firm. The chance to faucet into their European networks with great British writers and administrators if very distinctive. Pascal and Lionel are extremely inspiring and nimble. We are able to’t wait to get going.”
Williams was beforehand Head of Scripted for eOne the place she constructed a various, premium slate with companions within the UK, Europe and U.S. Throughout her tenure, she developed RUN for HBO, written by Vicky Jones, and is at present exec producing Purple Rose with Eleven Movie for the BBC and Netflix. She additionally shepherded an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, which is now in a late stage of improvement and she or he developed an adaption of Amor Towles’ A Gentleman In Moscow. Her earlier credit embody Holby Metropolis, Lip Service and Lodge Babylon.
Gottlieb was VP of Scripted at eOne and she or he lately developed and was script exec on BBC/Starz’s Dublin Murders. She script-edited The Sister for Euston Movies and has additionally script-edited long-running British dramas comparable to Casualty and The Invoice, She’s labored throughout a raft of positions within the enterprise and had stints at firms within the UK and Canada together with Purple Planet Photos, Ink Manufacturing facility Movies, BBC, Nutopia and TVO.
Federation Leisure has quick develop into one of the crucial dynamic pan-European firms within the tv area. The media entity now boasts prodcos in France (Cottonwood Media, We Make, Cheyenne Federation, Mercer Productions, Empreinte Digitale), Rome (Fabula Photos), Madrid (Fedent Espana), Berlin (Cottonwood MediaGmbh) and Tel Aviv (Drama Workforce).
Just a few years in the past it teamed with former Lionsgate president Patrick Wachsberger to launch L.A.-based three way partnership Image Excellent Federation.
Federation, which is energetic within the drama, youngsters and household, documentary and lightweight leisure area, has had worldwide hits with reveals comparable to The Bureau, In Therapy and Marseille. Earlier this 12 months, it wrapped filming David Tennant starrer Round The World In 80 Days with co-production companions Slim Movie+ Tv for the BBC.