Paris, Oct. 3th 2018
One year after forming a very successful partnership, Federation Entertainment (Pascal Breton) has acquired a stake in WeMake (Bouchra Réjani).
Established as a major independent player in international fiction and kids entertainment, Federation Entertainment is hereby strengthening its position and widening its activities.
Pascal Breton, President of Federation Entertainment:
« WeMake has the same strategic vision as Federation – to invest heavily in creating original formats; selling these formats both in France and internationally, with particular focus on the United States; and developing new formats in order to bring new life to the genre while becoming relevant for platforms. »
Bouchra Réjani, President and Founder of WeMake: « We are delighted to expand the Federation family! The arrival of new platforms on the unscripted market is shaking up the game for the greater benefit of creation. The race between networks and their studios and these new players is boosting the entire sector to launch new, original and cost-effective formats. At WeMake, just like at Federation, we bring together the best creative talents from France and elsewhere to forge global partnerships in order to meet this demand”
One year after launching, WeMake has developed a catalog of over twenty original formats, and signed several co-production and distribution agreements with major international market players including Talpa TV (John de Mol) in Europe, and Lionsgate and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) in the United States.
WeMake has also partnered up with Live Nation Productions in the United States to develop and produce a unique musical talent competition.
In addition, WeMake has acquired the adaptation rights for the French market for the Belgian Taboe program, a format that has achieved historical audience share scores of almost 60% and has been sold in more than 12 countries.
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Created in June 2017 by Bouchra Réjani, WeMake develops original unscripted and fiction formats, in all genres and media, for the French and international markets. WeMake is concurrently pursuing a targeted format acquisition strategy for the French market.
Before creating WeMake, from 2010 to 2017, Bouchra Réjani was the general manager of Shine France, a leading production company on the French market (The Voice, Prodiges, Tunnel, Masterchef). Prior to this, she had performed various functions at FremantleMedia in France (Nouvelle Star, Incroyable Talent, Going for Gold, Family Battle) before going on to become General Manager.
Bouchra Réjani partnered up with Moe Bennani in August 2017 as Associate Director in charge of the Creation and Development of unscripted programs.
Prior to this, in his role of Senior Creative at Talpa (John de Mol), Moe Bennani was responsible for creating and co-producing a dozen successful formats (including Dance Dance Dance, 5 Golden Rings, The Perfect Picture).
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′).