Pascal Breton


Federation raises €16m for int’l expansion

French studio Federation Entertainment has completed a minority funding round, raising €16m ($18.4m) for growth and expansion outside of its domestic market. The investment was led by Bpifrance, with BNP Paribas Développement, Amundi Private Equity Funds, Alliance Entreprendre and Entrepreneur Venture. Federation says the funds raised will enable the company to launch diversified projects and […]

Federation builds Bigger Boat into prodco

French companies Federation Entertainment and Empreinte Digitale have joined forces to create a genre-focused drama production company, Bigger Boat. Both Federation and Empreinte are prolific drama producers, with the former producing Netflix’s Marseille and the latter behind OCS and AMC coproduction Missions. Bigger Boat will focus on creating genre series in the vein of Stranger […]

Ex-Shine France COO creates Federation firm

France’s Federation Entertainment has brought in former Shine France COO Bouchra Réjani to create a multi-genre production company. The launch of WeMake pushes Federation into unscripted programming for the first time, meaning it now operates in that area, scripted and children’s television through Cottonwood Media. Réjani recently left Shine France ahead of its merger with […]

Federation takes AIDS drama to market

Paris-based Federation Entertainment is taking a drama about the emergence of the AIDS disease in the 1980s to the international market. Marseille prodco Federation and compatriot Mayane Films are coproducing the series, AIDS, which will follow the race to find the cause of the syndrome. A “major US partner” is set to provide finance for […]

Breton’s Federation adds distribution exec

France-based producer and distributor Federation Entertainment has hired Leyla Formoso to head up its drama sales efforts in Latin America. The French-Venezuelan sales exec will be in situ ahead of the MIPCancun, which starts tomorrow, and be shopping Federation’s dramas to local buyers. The Federation slate includes Canal+ series The Bureau, Netflix French original Marseille, […]

Federation hires ex-France 2 drama chief

Paris-based Federation Entertainment has hired the former head of drama at France 2 to take on the same role at the internationally-focused producer-distributor. Thierry Sorel takes on the newly-created role, effective immediately, reporting to CEO Pascal Breton and managing director Lionel Uzan. Sorel left France 2 in July after ten years at pubcaster France Télévisions. […]

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 […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part II

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!   The Netflix question: what is the single most important way in which Netflix has changed the TV drama market?   It […]

Federation taking buyers to Bordertown

Pascal Breton’s production and distribution group Federation Entertainment will give new Scandi crime drama Bordertown its international launch at MIPTV. Federation produces the Finnish cop drama alongside Finnish prodco Fisher King for Finnish pubcaster YLE. The series is still in production, but there will be footage for buyers and it has been selected as one of […]

France’s Federation boards Finnish drama

France’s Federation Entertainment is to coproduce a drama series for Finnish pubcaster YLE. Federation and Finland-based Fisher King Production are creating Bordertown for YLE, with Fisher King’s Miikko Oikkonen attached to direct. The 11x52mins show has been bubbling away for some time, and is currently in production. It will be part of the MIPDrama Screenings […]