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 […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part IV

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 reveals why, where and how the genre is evolving, tackling the big issues with anecdotal evidence and data gathered from the world’s top scripted executives. Lights… camera… action! What is the most important change in the way that scripted projects are financed?   It’s an unprecedented moment in time for […]

RTL takes Hostages

German free-to-air broadcaster RTL has acquired scripted series Hostages. RTL will put the show on its RTL Crime channel. It is co-distributed by Armoza and Federation and the latter struck the German deal. The Isreali-originated drama plays on Canal+ in France and has been sold to buyers including the BBC in the UK. It follows […]

Mediaset making mob drama with Federation

Italy’s Mediaset has teamed with Pascal Breton’s French prodco Federation for its first original drama series, Lucky Luciano. The twelve-part series will chronicle the life of the mobster Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano. Alessandro Camon (Bullet to the Head) has been tapped to pen the script with casting details to follow. Italian and Spanish broadcaster and media […]