HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 6, 2017)
Paramount Television and Federation Entertainment, a top European independent studio and production company, have entered into a first-look agreement which includes co-production and co-distribution rights. Under the agreement, both companies will jointly create original content with Paramount Television and Federation Entertainment co-producing and co-distributing worldwide. Additionally, Paramount Television will create series based off of Federation Entertainment’s international formats for American audiences. The announcement was made today by Amy Powell, President, Paramount Television and Pascal Breton, Founder and President of Federation Entertainment.
“Through this collaboration, we are able to build upon Federation’s compelling and proven international content to create series targeted for audiences in the U.S.,” said Amy Powell, President of Paramount. “We are excited to work with Federation to bring culturally relevant projects worldwide.”
“We’re very excited to rev up our international development and production in partnership with Paramount Television, with a focus to collaborate with the best talents on formats worldwide,” said Pascal Breton, President of Federation Entertainment. “Not only for the chance to co-create outstanding American series, but also to build upon our wide distribution network in the global market through a true partnership of shared vision.”
Paramount Television is behind several hit series including the 5 Emmy® Award winning live musical event “Grease: Live;” the espionage drama from New York Times best-selling spy novelist Olen Steinhauer, “Berlin Station,” currently airing on EPIX and in production on season two; the Emmy® nominated hit series “School of Rock,” which was recently picked up for a third season on Nickelodeon; “Shooter,” starring Ryan Philippe from executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, currently airing on USA and picked up for a second season; “13 Reasons Why”, based on the New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher, directed by Oscar® winner Tom McCarthy and written by Pulitzer Prize® winner Brian Yorkey who will executive produce along with Selena Gomez and McCarthy; the highly-anticipated series Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” for Amazon, starring John Krasinski and executive produced by Carlton Cuse, Graham Roland, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Skydance Television; and the thrilling period drama “The Alienist” for TNT, based on the best-selling novel from Caleb Carr, directed and executive produced by Jakob Verbruggen along with executive producers Academy Award® winner Cary Fukunaga, Academy Award® winner Eric Roth, Academy Award® nominee Hossein Amini and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin.
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 for Canal +, “Le Bureau des Légendes/The Bureau.”; 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.
Deal was negotiated on behalf of Federation Entertainment by Alan Grodin of Weintraub Tobin Chedial Coleman Grodin Law Corporation, and David Goldman and Erika Kirkwood for Paramount TV.
Paramount Television develops and finances a wide range of creative television programming across all media platforms. Its robust slate of programming with top distributors includes the 5 Emmy® Award winning live musical event GREASE: LIVE (FOX), which holds the record-breaking telecast title with more than 17MM viewers worldwide and is ranked as the No. 1 most social live musical event ever, the Emmy® nominated Nickelodeon hit SCHOOL OF ROCK, Tom Clancy’s JACK RYAN (Amazon), THIRTEEN REASONS WHY (Netflix), MANIAC (Netflix), SHOOTER (USA), BERLIN STATION (EPIX), THE ALIENIST (TNT), GALAXY QUEST (Amazon), VARSITY BLUES (CMT) and THE WARRIORS (Hulu). Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) has developed series such as BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$ (NBCUniversal’s Seeso), HOTWIVES OF ORLANDO and HOTWIVES OF LAS VEGAS (HULU), RESIDENT ADVISORS (HULU), BEEF (Fullscreen) and the one hour special, CRASH TEST (Comedy Central and Vimeo). Paramount Television and Paramount Digital Entertainment are part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.
Federation Entertainment, launched by President and Founder Pascal Breton in 2014, 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.
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