A deep dive into the world of dating sites by Judith Duportail
Paris, June 12, 2019
For immediate release
Federation Entertainment has acquired documentary adaptation rights to L’Amour sous Algorithme (Goutte d’Or publishing), a striking investigation into the algorithms behind dating applications written by journalist Judith Duportail.
As any other millennial would be inclined to do, Judith Duportail turned to Tinder to meet potential partners after a breakup. While using the app for four years, the journalist became determined to find out her « attractiveness score » and to learn what personal data of hers had been collected. The 800 (!) pages of data she was able to obtain allowed her to understand the inner workings of Tinder and how the application impacted her love and sex life.
Her investigation made the rounds throughout European media outlets, with articles and appearances in The Times, Le Soir, France Inter, Vice…
The initial piece which led to the publication of the book, published in The Guardian, was the fourth most read article on the paper’s website last year. « I was frightened by my own frenzy. I thought I had spoken with 50 men on Tinder, turns out it was 800 » said Judith Duportail in this astonishing testimony.
Myriam Weil, head of Documentary at Federation Entertainment: « In the documentary that we’re developing together, Judith Duportail will give a first-person perspective on the new types of relationships, the narcissistic shocks but also, at times, addressing the pleasant surprises created by dating applications. «
Federation Entertainment will hold worldwide distribution rights to the documentary.
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About Federation Entertainment
Based in Paris, Los Angeles and now Roma, 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 in 2016 followed by Benoit Lacombe in 2017 as COO. Ashley Stern heads the LA office.
Federation has recently expanded into the documentary genre, with the arrival of Myriam Weil, as well as 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.
Patrick Wachsberger (ex co-chairman of Lions Gate Motion Picture) and Federation have recently joined forces to create Picture Perfect Federation, a joint venture dedicated to premium television content for both US and International Markets.
Federation’s prestigious portfolio includes The Bureau (40 X 52’, TOP – The Oligarchs Productions / Federation for CANAL+), Marseille (16 X 52’, a Netflix Original series produced by 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) ; Undercover (10 X 50’, a thriller produced by De Mensen for VRT) ; The Twelve (10×52′), a fascinating psychological thriller produced by Eyeworks, in competition at Canneseries 20… As well as Find Me In Paris(78 X 26′) the 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′), on the kids side.
At Miptv 2019, Federation Entertainment will be presenting its brand new series, Floodland, a 8×52’ thriller set in the background of human trafficking produced by Eyeworks ; Torn, a romantic 6 X 52’ thriller produced by Elephant in competition at Series Mania 2019 ; and Amsterdam Vice, a fast-paced thriller 8 x 45’ series set in the eighties produced by Millstreet Films.