Paris, 8th March, 2018
FEDERATION ENTERTAINMENT has acquired the international distribution rights to SECRET ENEMIES, a 10 X 1H political thriller. This Finnish series is based on the bestselling books “Arto Ratamo” by Taavi Soininvaara and takes us at the very heart of a dreadful political espionage network that threatens all of Europe.
Produced by Moskito Television for the Finnish broadcaster MTV in coproduction with Federation, the series was created by Roope Lehtinen and Mikko Pöllä, known for their work on Black Widows, and is written by Timo Varpio, who won a prestigious Venla award for best screenwriter in 2002. All 10 episodes were directed by Veikko Aaltonen, whose work on The Prodigal Son reached international success.
SECRET ENEMIES stars Samuli Vauramo as lead detective Arto Ratamo, alongside Saara Kotkaniemi, Andrei Tsumak and Ivan Mathias Petersson.
Finland, nowadays. When the Prime Minister’s chauffeur is found dead, detective Arto Ratamo, a secret service agent in Helsinki, is convinced that the case is more complex than it first seemed. His instincts lead him to suspect the Prime Minister himself, who is acting very suspiciously and who accuses his chauffeur of having stolen secret documents. What seemed to be a simple criminal case has now transformed into a grand scale investigation
across Europe, uncovering a whole network of political espionage. Someone is expertly manipulating the diplomatic relations between Russia and Finland and Ratamo needs to find out who and why, as soon as possible.
Shot in Helsinki and in Berlin during the summer and autumn 2017, the series is currently in post production. Delivery is expected for the second semester of 2018.
FEDERATION ENTERTAINMENT holds world rights to the series, which will be launched during Miptv in Cannes next April.
Based both in Paris and Los Angeles, Federation Entertainment has quickly established itself as top indie European studio. Its model of development, production, distribution and marketing is at the service of premium original contents specifically designed for global marketplace. Created and launched in 2013 by president Pascal Breton, Federation is co-headed by Lionel Uzan, CEO, and by the founders David Michel (head of Cottonwood Media, the Kids company of the group), Stephane Sperry and Serge Hayat. Thierry Sorel joined the team by the end of 2016 as head of Drama.
Federation Entertainment has established exclusive partnerships with key producers and showrunners leading to prestigious productions, such as : Le Bureau des Légendes (40 X 52’, a coproduction TOP – Les Oligarchs Productions / Federation for CANAL+ Création Originale), Marseille (16 X 52’, a Netflix Original series produced by Federation) ; The break (20 X 52’, produced by Helicotronc and RTBF) ; Bordertown (21 X 52’, a Scandinavian thriller produced by Fisher King and Federation) ; Hostages (22 X 45’, an Israelian thriller coproduced by Yezirah Ivrit and Federation) ; Prémonitions (10 X 52’, a psychological thriller produced by Encore Television) ; Unit 42 (20 X 52’, a procedurale series coproduced by Left Field Ventures and RTBF, successfully broadcast by France 2 in January 2018) ; Bad Banks (6 X 52’, a German financial thriller coproduced by Letterbox Filmproduktion and Iris Productions for ZDF and Arte France) ; and One Night (10 X 26’, an innovative dramedy produced by Viafilm – Norway – for NRK).
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