Former TF1 Studio’s distribution chief partners with Federation on new sales division

France’s Federation Studios has launched an international theatrical film sales label, to be led by the former head of TF1’s international distribution. Ginger & Fed is headed up by Sabine Chemaly and has been created via a partnership between the former TF1 exec and her recently formed company, Ginger Films. The move will allow Federation […]

Federation backs ‘The Bureau’ creator Eric Rochant’s prodco with Disney+ show in works

French production firm Federation has backed a recently launched venture from The Bureau creator Eric Rochant, which has its first project launching on Disney+ next month. Maui Entertainment was soft launched last year and is focused on engaging and supporting talent and showrunners to create “international series”, using Rochant and Federation’s expertise. It is behind […]

Federation hires Kwanza & Superights to bolster distribution, Isabella Barsumian exits

French prodco Federation has landed execs from Kwanza and Superights to bolster its distribution team, with Isabella Barsumian departing. Ilan Sarfati becomes international sales manager for documentaries and joins from specialist factual producer/distributor Kwanza, where he held the same position. Federation said the role had been created following “significant growth” of its documentary catalogue, which […]

MIPCOM round-up: Armoza; Federation; Mediaset; Only Distrib; Trilogy Animation

Armoza lines up The Fittest Pensioner ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats is leading its MIPCOM slate with a Montreux Film’s format that follows older contestants as they seek to be crowned The Fittest Pensioner. The format, which debuted on TV2 in Norway, sees a nation’s fittest seniors move into a home together as they compete in both […]

Federation backs German prodco Glisk from RTL Television alum & Splendid MD

France’s Federation Entertainment has partnered with the former head of head of fiction at RTL Television, Philipp Steffens, and Splendid Studios’ MD, Julie Link, to launch a new German prodco. Glisk will produce and create scripted and unscripted shows, as well as formats, for German buyers, while also striking international multi-genre co-productions on shows “with […]

France’s Federation buys Calt Production owner Robin & Co

Around The World In 80 Days producer Federation has taken a majority stake in French drama group Robin & Co. The deal comes six months since Federation raised $60m to fuel its expansion and will see the Pascal Breton-led company acquiring Robin & Co’s array of production labels, including Kaamelott and Caméra Café outfit Calt […]

Federation hires former Zodiak, Lagardère exec

Paris-based Federation Entertainment has recruited Benoît Lacombe as COO. The former Lagardère and Zodiak France (now Banijay France) exec will take the newly-created post at production and distribution group Federation. He will run financial, legal and corporate affairs across all programme making and sales activities, working closely with Pascal Breton, president, and Lionel Uzan, managing […]

Canadian LGBT net buys The Collection

Canadian specialty net Out TV has acquired The Collection, Amazon and France Télévisions’ period fashion drama. The series was part-funded by BBC Worldwide, which sells it internationally and struck the Canadian deal. LGBTQ-skewed pay TV net Out TV has first-window rights to the show, which was made by Worldwide-backed UK prodco Lookout Point and Pascal […]