The eagerly-awaited Season 5 launched on CANAL+ April 6, as series continues to inspire numerous spy themed initiatives
Paris – Tuesday 14th April 2020- Federation is pleased to announce a slew of sales for the CANAL+ Creation Originale hit espionage thriller series The Bureau (50 x 52’), co-produced by TOP – The Oligarchs Productions and Federation Entertainment. This compelling series has become a stellar standout hit worldwide when it comes to spy thrillers and was listed in The New York Times as number 3 in the Top 30 best series of the decade!
The eagerly-awaited Season 5 of The Bureau premiered on CANAL+ on the 6th of April 2020.
New International Sales:
Following the overwhelming success of previous seasons, a plethora of international broadcasters have snatched up Season 5: Sundance (US, Canada, UK), SBS (Australia), Rialto( New Zealand), RTBF, VRT and BeTV (Belgium), SVT (Sweden), MTVA (Hungary), LNK (Lithuania), NRK (Norway), and YLE (Finland), with Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, and Denmark already in talks regarding the acquisition of Season 5.
A couple of territories have also recently snatched up all five seasons – Germany, for the Joyn PLUS+ platform (ProSieben group), and Taiwan (Joint Entertainment).
The critically acclaimed series has now been sold into a total number of 112 territories worldwide. This global success led to The Bureau’s nomination for the TVFI 2020 Export Award in the ‘Fiction’ category (originally scheduled for the 6th of April).
In further news, negotiations are also well underway for remakes of The Bureau, especially in the US and South Korea.
The Bureau is produced by Alex Berger and Éric Rochant for TOP – The Oligarchs Productions, in association with Federation Entertainment (Pascal Breton), who retains worldwide rights to the series.
Season 5 Highlights:
Season 5, which is even more ambitious than the previous seasons, also marks the end of an era with Éric Rochant, renowned French film director and creator of The Bureau announcing his withdrawal as ‘showrunner’ and passing that baton for future seasons. The fate of The Bureau’s characters will now be in the hands of a newly created talent pool to be announced shortly. Rochant will however remain fully involved in any upcoming seasons but as Executive Producer and Co-Producer of the series alongside his partner Alex Berger at TOP – The Oligarchs Productions, and Federation (Pascal Breton).
Award-winning screenwriter/director Jacques Audiard (The Sisters Brothers, A Prophet) wrote and directed the last two episodes (9 and 10) of the season, making for a unique and collector season.
A cult series that has made its mark as a major brand, especially in France
A standout global brand The Bureau has also been supported by some exciting off-air initiatives allowing fans to continue to enjoy and engage with the ‘spy’ themed experience of the show.
In October 2019, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris (the biggest science museum in Europe), created a new interactive experience based around the show so that visitors can test their own knowledge and capabilities when it comes to espionage. A huge hit with the public, this is currently suspended due to the Covid 19 crisis but is expected to re-open in due course.
Another initiative also on hold for now is Le Deep Game Bureau des Légendes, a thrilling immersive interactive escape room experience that launched in Paris on March 2nd and will re-open to visitors as soon as this becomes feasible.
The 27th of March 2020 saw the launch of the podcast ‘Espion, une Vie sous Légende’ (5 x 20’ episodes) based on the original series. The podcast centres around the intriguing world of the secret service and features gritty espionage secrets, modern day cover-ups and more.
Prior to this, various books have published around the series such as the ‘Dictionnaire d’Espionnage’ by Agnès Michaux in 2017, and ‘Le Bureau des Légendes décrypté’ (The Bureau Uncovered) an analysis Bruno Fugliani in 2018, to name just a few.
The Bureau – Season 5
Airing exclusively on CANAL+ and available myCANAL as of the 6th of April 2020
Series written by Éric Rochant, Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Cécile Ducrocq, Capucine Rochant, Hippolyte Girardot, Dominique Baumard, Camille De Castelnau, Olivier Dujols, Raphaël Chevènement, in collaboration with Valentine Milville.
Created by Éric Rochant, Jacques Audiard, Anna Novion, Samuel Collardey, and Mathieu Kassovitz.
Executive Producers: Alex Berger, Éric Rochant
Executive Production TOP – The Oligarchs Productions
Co-Producers – TOP – The Oligarchs Productions and Federation Entertainment
Featuring Mathieu Kassovitz, Sara Giraudeau, Florence Loiret Caille, Jonathan Zaccaï, Mathieu Amalric, Louis Garrel, Zineb Triki, Jules Sagot, Alexey Gorbonov, Stefan Crepon, Artus, Anne Azoulay, Irina Muluile, Laurent Grevill, Alexey Gorbonov, Maryana Spivak, Anatolii Panchenko, Jameel Khoury
Media contact for Federation Entertainment:
Valérie Tailland + 33 (0)6 82 57 06 09 firstname.lastname@example.org