Paris, Oct. 8th 2018

Federation Entertainment has completed a minority funding round of 16 million euros with Bpifrance which led the transaction, BNP Paribas Développement, Amundi Private Equity Funds, Alliance Entreprendre and Entrepreneur Venture.

This transaction is in line with Federation Entertainment’s strong growth dynamic (Le Bureau des Légendes, Marseille, Find Me In Paris): less than five years after its creation by Pascal Breton and his associate founders Lionel Uzan, David Michel, Serge Hayat and Stéphane Sperry, the production and distribution studio based in Paris and Los Angeles is active in the drama, kids & family, and light entertainment genres, works with all platforms and major actors in the market, and is behind several major international successes. The funds raised will enable the company to launch even more ambitious and diversified projects and to carry out external growth initiatives in a rapidly developing market.

Pascal Breton, CEO and majority shareholder of Federation Entertainment: “I am very pleased to welcome this consortium of solid, cohesive companies close to the audiovisual sector as new investors in our company. After having put in place a number of innovative financing tools for production and distribution, notably with Anton Capital, we are taking a new step to strengthen the Federation’s capacity for long-term development. The objective is to support the organic growth of our investments in production and distribution while expanding our international presence, notably through acquisitions, in order to become one of the leading European studios, with a very active branch in the US.”

Nicolas Parpex, Senior Investment Director in the Creative Industries division of Bpifrance: “We are delighted to stand alongside leading investors in supporting a French champion of creative industries, led by a team with unparalleled talent and experience. The funds raised, historic in their scope for a French audiovisual production company, will enable the Federation to continue its strong growth trajectory and to solidify its international reach and its position vis-à-vis different platforms.

 

Participants:

 

Federation Entertainment: Benoît Lacombe, Serge Hayat, Baptiste Coelho

 

Bpifrance Investment (creative industries division): Isabelle Ginestet-Naudin, Nicolas Parpex, Damien D’Houdain, Hervé Coindreau

BNP Paribas Développement: Frédérique Cassignol, Nathalie Sainz

Amundi Private Equity Funds: Stanislas Cuny, Frédéric Labia

Alliance Entreprendre: Antoine Bodet, Camille Centelles

Entrepreneur Venture: Bertrand Folliet, Marouane Bahri

 

Legal counsel to investors: UGGC (Charles Emmanuel Prieur, Alix Amaury)

Financial due diligence: Eight Advisory (Florence Khayat, Boris Bignon)

 

Corporate legal counsel: Frieh Associés (Michel Frieh, Amale El Fatmioui)

[Corporate consulting: Rothschild & Cie (Pierre-Henri Chappaz)]

Vendor assistance: Accuracy (Elyse Salzmann, Frédéric Loeper

 

 

Federation Entertainment press contact

Valérie Tailland

+33 (0)6 82 57 06 09 / valerie.tailland@fedent.com

Bpifrance press contact

Laure Schlagdenhauffen

+33 1 41 79 85 38 / laure.schlagdenhauffen@bpifrance.fr


About Federation Entertainment

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 David Michel, heading up the Kids & Family division of the group, and by the founders Stephane Sperry and Serge Hayat. Thierry Sorel joined the team in 2016 as head of Drama followed by Benoit Lacombe in 2017 as COO.

Federation is now expanding to non scripted content, teaming up with WeMake. Founded in June 2017 by Bouchra Réjani (former C.O.O of Shine France), WeMake focuses on the creation and the production of original, unscripted content for all platforms, in all genres.

Federation Entertainment has established exclusive partnerships with key producers and showrunners leading to prestigious productions, such as : The Bureau (40 X 52’, a coproduction TOP – The 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) ; Bad Banks (6 X 52’, a German financial thriller coproduced by Letterbox Filmproduktion and Iris Productions for ZDF and Arte France) ; One Night (10 X 26’, an innovative dramedy produced by Viafilm – Norway – for NRK) ; Undercover (10 X 50’, a thriller produced by De Mensen for VRT), and The Twelve (10×52′), a fascinating crime mystery launched at Mipcom 2018. As well as Find Me In Paris (52 X 26′) the new premium live action hit for tweens coproduced by ZDF and Paris Opera dance school, and the animated series Ollie & Moon (104 X 11′) and Squish (52 X 13′).