PICTURE PERFECT FEDERATION, BLACK LABEL MEDIA, AND
MARSH ENTERTAINMENT ATTAIN
IMPOSSIBLE FOR FEATURE FILM DEVELOPMENT
Project Reunites Writer/Director Siân Heder with
Producer Patrick Wachsberger Following their Feature Film CODA,
this Year’s Sundance Film Festival Breakout Acquired by Apple
LOS ANGELES April 29, 2021 – Patrick Wachsberger’s Picture Perfect Federation has teamed with Black Label Media to develop the feature film IMPOSSIBLE directed and written by Siân Heder. The project, based on a novel of the same title written by Sarah Lotz, is being produced by Wachsberger and Ashley Stern via the Picture Perfect Federation banner, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill via the Black Label Media banner, and Sherry Marsh via Marsh Entertainment.
“I am pleased to once again work with the incredibly talented Siân Heder, one of the world’s most promising writer/directors,” said Wachsberger. “Along with Ashley, we look forward to developing and producing a romantic comedy for our time with Molly, Trent, and Thad of Black Label as well as Sherry on board to produce.”
In a joint statement, the producers of Black Label Media added, “We are so excited to re-team with Patrick Wachsberger who we have worked with for many years and collaborated with on such films as Sicario and La La Land. IMPOSSIBLE is an incredible novel and we are thrilled to be working with the wonderfully talented Sian Heder on the adaptation.”
Heder said, “Impossible takes an inventive and surprising look at the choices we make and how they have a butterfly effect in shaping who we are. It’s a funny, captivating novel and I’m thrilled to be working with this team to adapt it.”
IMPOSSIBLE tells the story of Nick, a ghostwriter who is a disappointment to himself and his soon-to-be-ex-wife, and Bee, a commitment-phobe content on repurposing wedding dresses rather than finding a reason to wear one herself. The two are meant to be together, but fate has other plans. They have an instant connection after a misdirected email lands in Bee’s inbox, and over time they develop real feelings for each other. Eventually, Nick and Bee come to the conclusion that they have to meet in person, yet when they both arrive at their planned destination, they discover it’s love at the right time, but in the completely wrong place.
Heder most recently directed and wrote the feature film CODA, which Patrick Wachsberger produced with Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, and Jérôme Seydoux. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Apple in a record-breaking sale. Heder also directed TALLULAH, starring Elliot Page and Allison Janney, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and was acquired by Netflix. Her other credits include serving as showrunner on Apple’s Little America and writing on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
The novel Impossible by Lotz will be published in 2022 by Penguin Group’s Berkley Books in North America, HarperCollins in the UK, and Rowholt in Germany. Lotz is the author of five speculative thrillers including The Three and The White Road.
In addition to IMPOSSIBLE, Picture Perfect Federation, the joint venture between Picture Perfect Entertainment and Federation Entertainment, have a number of high-profile series and films in the works. First up is Federation’s greenlit series, “The Banker’s Wife” for Amazon with Lesli Linka Glatter directing, Meredith Stiehm showrunning, which is another collaboration with producer, Sherry Marsh of Marsh Entertainment. Picture Perfect Federation has also been aggressively optioning IP with Amazon’s #1 psychological thriller, A Perfect Marriage for feature adaptation, New York Times bestseller, The Accidental Empress and Sisi: Empress on her Own for television, the genre bending thriller, Rules For Vanishing as a TV series, and teamed up with Anonymous Content on the Ramses book series from famed Egyptologist Christian Jacq.
Heder is represented by ICM Partners. Alan Grodin of Weintraub Tobin and Suzanne Rosencrans represented the deal on behalf Picture Perfect Federation and Black Label Media, respectively.
About Picture Perfect Federation
Picture Perfect Federation is a joint venture formed by entertainment industry leader Patrick Wachsberger’s 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 and films for the global marketplace on all platforms as well as engaging in international co-productions. The studio is poised to develop, deficit finance, and distribute premium content across the globe. The team of Wachsberger, who most recently served as 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. Partners Wachsberger and Ashley Stern, President of Federation Entertainment of America, represent the joint venture in Los Angeles.
About Black Label Media
Black Label Media was formed in 2013 by partners Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill to finance and produce bold films with commercial appeal. Credits include three-time Academy Award-nominated “Sicario” (directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin), “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado” (directed by Stefano Sollima, starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin), “12 Strong” (directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña), “Only the Brave” (directed by Joseph Kosinski, starring Josh Brolin and Miles Teller), “Demolition” (directed by Jean Marc Vallée, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts), “71” (directed by Yann Demange, starring Jack O’Connell), “The Good Lie” (directed by Philippe Falardeau, starring Reese Witherspoon), “Rebel in the Rye” (directed by Danny Strong, starring Nicholas Hoult) and “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” (directed by Ian Samuels, starring Shannon Purser and Noah Centineo). Black Label also acquired an interest in “Begin Again” (written/directed by John Carney, starring Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo) and co-financed and Executive Produced the Academy Award-winning “La La Land” with Lionsgate. Next on the Black Label slate is JD Dillard’s “Devotion” starring Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors, Peter Sattler’s “Broken Diamonds” starring Ben Platt and Lola Kirke, Derek Kolstad’s “Time Agent” and Grant Singer’s “Reptile” starring Benicio Del Toro.
About Sherry Marsh
Marsh Entertainment is a production company founded by Sherry Marsh, dedicated to producing quality TV and film that embraces a wide range of topics with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Currently, Sherry Marsh is an EP on History Channel’s award-winning series, “Vikings” (MGM/Irish-Canadian Co-Production), the Viking’s spin-off “Valhalla” with MGM and Netflix, and “Pose”, the Peabody award-winning FX drama with Ryan Murphy. Sherry Marsh has had the distinct pleasure of working with many best-selling authors to help bring their books to the screen as both television and feature film adaptations. She has multiple projects in various stages of development, such as a series adaptation of the best-selling novel, “The Banker’s Wife” by Cristina Alger with Picture Perfect Federation, Meredith Stiehm, and Lesli Linka Glatter, a feature film set with Greg Berlanti and Richard LaGravenese at HBOMax, based on the life of Rock Hudson adapted from Mark Griffin’s book, “All That Heaven Allows”, a feature film adaptation of Dreda Say Mitchell’s psychological thriller, “Spare Room” at Amazon Studios, a Mexican supernatural revenge thriller feature-film with Legendary and Joel Wyman, a series adaptation of The Flight Attendant author Chris Bojalian’s new book, “The Red Lotus”, with Anton Corporation, Bad Wolf America, and Kate Brooke attached as the showrunner, a dramatic series with Paramount TV and Jessica Biel attached to produce and star, based on Tiffany McDaniel’s book, “Betty”, and a series adaptation of Deepak Chopra’s novel “Buddha”, among many others.