David Michel


Federation hands France TV exec dual kids role

Premium content distributor Federation Kids & Family has hired Alexandre Henin in a dual role as head of acquisitions for Kids & Family and creative producer for sister prodco Cottonwood Media. Henin will report to David Michel, president at Cottonwood and head of Federation Kids & Family. He has joined Federation from France Télévisions where […]

Hulu to stream ZDF ballet time-travel drama

US streaming service Hulu had acquired exclusive VOD rights to Find Me in Paris, the time-travel-meets-ballet drama from ZDF and Cottonwood Media. The series, which comes from Ride co-creators Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch, will premiere in the US on the broadcast-backed VOD service as a result. Hulu has been making headlines in the past […]

Super! deal for Love, Divina

Live-action kids series Love, Divina has been sold to De Agostini’s Super! in Italy. The novella-esque series hails from Televisa, Pol-ka Pro Producciones and the kids division of Federation Entertainment. The 60x45mins series has Patito Feo star Laura Esquivel as a teenager who takes homeless kids under her wing. Massimo Bruno, head of TV channels […]

Discovery Lat Am, TVO buy Cottonwood kids show

Discovery Kids Latin America and Canada’s TVO have acquired The Ollie and Moon Show from distributor Federation Entertainment. The deals mean the show, which comes from Federation sister firm Cottonwood Media, will be distributed in 25 new territories, including all of the Americas and most English-speaking markets. The animated preschool series follows a couple of […]

Teletoon boards Cottonwood’s Squish

Canadian kids channel Teletoon has come onboard Squish, the new 52x11mins animated comedy from France’s Cottonwood Media and Toronto’s Shaftesbury. Teletoon has confirmed a development deal for the show, while French channel Gulli, which previously had joined the development, has ramped up its participation to a prebuy. “Cottonwood’s raison d’être is to produce premium content […]

Federation taps Zodiak exec for kids launch

Federation Entertainment has recruited kids TV veteran Monica Levy, who will play a key role in a new kids and family division within the business. Pascal Breton set up production and distribution group Federation in late 2014, and subsequently teamed with David Michel by buying into his kids indie prodco Cottonwood. Breton and Michel are […]

Alessandri’s indie scores France Télévisions deal

Philippe Alessandri’s new Paris-based indie Watch Next Media has scored its first major programming deal. France Télévisions has put Watch Next’s Nate is Late (pictured) into development, with production due to begin in spring 2016. The 52x11mins show comes from Sylvain Huchet and Peter Saisselin (Gawayn, Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks), and follows a pair of […]

Federation buys into Michel’s Cottonwood

Emerging French indie Federation Entertainment is acquiring a significant shareholding in compatriot Cottonwood Media, a move that reunites former Zodiak executive pair Pascal Breton and David Michel. The agreement sees Cottonwood co-founder Michel become a founding partner in Federation and head of kids and family programmes and sales, with Breton’s Federation becoming a key Cottonwood […]

US commission for David Michel’s Cottonwood

US preschool channel Sprout has ordered The Ollie & Moon Show, the animated series from Cottonwood, the production and distribution start-up launched by kids TV veteran David Michel last year. It is Cottonwood’s first project to go into production and follows the fledgling company picking up rights to the Ollie & Moon book property from […]