Paris / Los Angeles October 11, 2019
For immediate release

Amy Jenkins, creator and showrunner of the hugely popular BBC series “This Life” and writer on Netflix’s highly acclaimed “The Crown,” will adapt Allison Pataki’s bestselling “Sisi” novels based on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The television adaptation comes from international studio Picture Perfect Federation and partner MAS Production.

Patrick Wachsberger’s newly launched joint venture with Federation Entertainment’s Pascal Breton, Picture Perfect Federation, acquired the rights to Allison Pataki’s two bestselling novels — The Accidental Empress and Sisi: Empress on Her Own — after receiving the books from MAS Production earlier this year. Picture Perfect Federation will serve as the studio and will handle worldwide distribution.

The series will be a thoroughly female-driven period piece with a modern, edgy spin. It’s about a strong woman’s journey to accept and embrace her power in order to make her mark and live on her own terms in a male dominated world. Wide in scope with rich period details, this premium drama spanning from 1853 up until the start of World War I will offer a captivating glimpse into the bedrooms and staterooms of one of history’s most intriguing eras and Europe’s most powerful royal family.

This will be the first international television series about the unconventional Empress, who was unexpectedly thrust into the center of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court at the age of 15 when she unwittingly stole the heart of her sister’s fiancé, Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi’s legend became a European obsession thanks to the performance of Romy Schneider in the 1955 movie Sissi, one of the most successful German-language movies of all time.

“We are very excited to have brought Amy Jenkins with her strong voice to this extraordinary saga of this very modern woman’s journey,” said Patrick Wachsberger.
Patrick Wachsberger, Pascal Breton and Ashley Stern are Executive Producing for Picture Perfect Federation along with Amy Jenkins and Allison Pataki. Michael Shamberg, Alexandra Zimbler Smith and Ameet Shukla are Executive Producing for MAS Production.

Jenkins’s most recent collaboration is with producer Michael Jackson at Two Cities (Patrick Melrose) adapting The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver (We Need To Talk About Kevin) for television.

Amy Jenkins said: “Sisi was an extraordinary young Empress. Charismatic and free thinking she was a royal rebel who set the Hapsburg court on fire in a surprisingly modern way. I’m looking forward to bringing a very feminine perspective to her fascinating struggle for self determination.”

Amy Jenkins is repped by Michael McCoy at Independent Talent Group in London and Bruce Vinokour at CAA in Los Angeles.

MAS Production is repped by CAA and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.

 

About Amy Jenkins
Amy Jenkins is a UK novelist, columnist and screenwriter. She created and wrote the groundbreaking cult hit BBC TV series This Life. She went on to write two bestselling novels Honeymoon and Funny Valentine. Her credits include the Miramax film Elephant Juice, the BBC film Daphne and Netflix’s The Crown.

About Picture Perfect Federation:
Picture Perfect Federation is a joint venture that was recently formed by entertainment industry stalwart Patrick Wachsberger and his Picture Perfect Entertainment, and Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan of studio Federation Entertainment. The new entity is dedicated to the development and production of premium television series for the U.S. marketplace on all platforms as well as engaging in international co-productions.

The team of Wachsberger, who most recently served as co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture group, and Breton and Uzan Chairman and CEO of Federation Entertainment respectively, brings decades of combined creative and financial expertise to the venture as well as a deep understanding of financing and the direct relationships to engage production and financial partners from around the globe. Picture Perfect Federation operate in a manner that puts story first, creating solid partnerships with talent and producers around the world operating with the ability to be innovative and nimble.

Wachsberger and Federation’s Head of US Television, Ashley Stern represent the newly formed venture in Los Angeles.

 

About Federation Entertainment:
Based in Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, and Spain, Federation Entertainment has quickly established itself as a top indie European studio. Its model of development, production, distribution and marketing is at the service of premium original content specifically designed for the global marketplace.

Created in 2013 and run by Pascal Breton, Federation is co-headed by Lionel Uzan, CEO, and 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, and non-scripted, with the acquisition of WeMake, founded in June 2017 by Bouchra Réjani (former COO of Shine France).

Patrick Wachsberger (former co-chairman of Lionsgate Motion Pictures) 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 acclaimed Canal+ espionage series The Bureau; Marseille, a Netflix Original series; Bad Banks, a financial thriller for ZDF and Arte; The Twelve, Best Screenplay at Canneseries 2019; Mytho, winner of the Audience award and Best Actress award for Marina Hands at Series Mania 2019; Amsterdam Vice, a fast-paced, high-octane procedural, as well as Find Me In Paris (78 X 26′) the premium live action hit for tweens coproduced by ZDF and Opera National de Paris.

 

About MAS Production
Michael Shamberg executive produced the series Into The Badlands currently on AMC. His other credits range across a wide variety of subjects and include A Fish Called Wanda, The Big Chill, Contagion, Gattaca, Django Unchained, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, World Trade Center, Man on the Moon, Wish I Was Here, Reality Bites, Garden State and Along Came Polly. He also exec produced the comedy hit Reno 911. He is currently partnered with BuzzFeed and That’s Wonderful Productions on the Warner Brothers movie, Brother Orange, starring Jim Parsons.

 

About Allison Pataki
New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki has also written The Traitor’s Wife, Where the Light Falls, and the memoir Beauty in the Broken Places, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox News and other outlets. Allison is represented by Lacy Lynch of Dupree/Miller and Lucy Stille of APA.

 

Press Contact Federation Entertainment : Valérie Tailland
+33 (0)6 82 57 06 09 / valerie.tailland@fedent.com