Paris, September 11th, 2017
One World Films (Marc du Pontavice) and Federation Entertainment (Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan) are announcing the development of an international series based on the iconic figure of Joan of Arc.
Currently in development, the series is co-scripted by the writer-director Alix de Maistre (Pour un Fils), and the writer and historian Xavier Kawa-Topor, former Director of the European Center of Art and Medieval Civilization in Conques. The pair first teamed in 2002 for the film La Peste, co-written by Alix de Maistre, and for which Xavier Kawa Topor acted as historical consultant.
Joan of Arc is the story of the passion of a young country girl who grew up in a land at war, and of Charles, a prince in exile, son of a mad king and a queen whose reputation had been dragged through the mud. Enflamed by her childish imagination and her devotion to the reclusive young monarch, Joan is convinced that Charles is key to bringing peace to the land, and that he represents the sole hope for the French crown. Armed with a fierce determination, Joan goes to see Charles and puts the craziest dreams into his head. He, whose weakness is to believe he can do nothing; she, whose strength is to believe she can do anything.
Joan progressively breaches the authority of her father, the princes, and the church. Her quest for the absolute would become a quest for liberty.
The series will take a fresh look at one of the great enigmas of history: The extraordinary trajectory of a young girl who broke all the rules of her time to fulfill her ideal – at the cost of her life.
The Joan of Arc project marks a fresh departure into drama series for Marc du Pontavice, who is a key figure in kids’ programming in France and on the international market. His expertise extends well beyond animation. He began his career producing international drama series, notably the hit show Highlander. He has also produced several successful theatrical movies, including Gainsbourg, A Heroic Life by Joann Sfar (2010) and War of the Buttons by Yann Samuell (2011).
Federation Entertainment will handle international sales on the series.
Press Contact Federation Entertainment:
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Press Contact One World Films:
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One World Films
Founded in 2006 by Marc du Pontavice, One World Films is a production company specializing in feature films and TV drama. He is associated with producer Margaux Balsan, in charge of development and production of projects.
One World Films has already produced several feature films, notably “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” by Joann Sfar (1.3 million admissions and three César awards), “War of the Buttons” by Yann Samuell (1.5 million admissions), and “Far from Men” by David Oelhoffen, starring Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb (in competition in Venice, Toronto, BFI Film Festival in London, etc.).
One World Films is currently developing three feature films and two drama series.
Federation Entertainment, launched by President and Founder Pascal Breton in 2013, has quickly established itself as top indie European studio and production company. Previous President of Marathon Group, Pascal Breton partnered with key international players, Lionel Uzan (Managing Director), Stephane Sperry (Producer), David Michel (Managing Director, Kids and Family), and Serge Hayat, while Ashley Stern heads the US operations. With offices in Paris and Los Angeles, the company focuses on the creation, production, financing and distribution of high quality original productions for the global marketplace.
Federation Entertainment currently has 12 series in production including the second season of Netflix France’s first original series “Marseille,” starring Gerard Depardieu with acclaimed writer Dan Franck and director Florent Emilio Siri; the award-winning original series in production on a third season, “Le Bureau des Légendes/The Bureau.” , a CANAL+ Creation Originale series created by Éric Rochant and produced by Alex Berger and Éric Rochant for TOP-The Oligarchs Productions, in association with Federation Entertainment; Oliver Goldstick’s “The Collection,” a co-production with Lookout Point for BBC Worldwide and Amazon’s first UK original drama; the award winning Israeli thriller, “Hostages” for Channel 10 & Canal +; Hit Belgian drama, “The Break”; and breakout Finnish series for YLE, “Bordertown.” Additionally, Federation has a number of high profile series in development for both U.S. and international audiences.