Magazine article Screen International

Pascal Breton Launches Federation Entertainment

Magazine article Screen International

Pascal Breton Launches Federation Entertainment

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Heading into MIPCOM, French television executive Pascal Breton has partnered with a group of film and television producers and showrunners to launch Federation Entertainment.

Based in Paris with development and marketing offices in Los Angeles, Federation Entertainment will be led by head of worldwide distribution Jean-Michel Ciszewski.

One of its debut commissions is Netflix's previously-announced first French original series Marseille, a political drama due to hit screens at the end of 2015.

The creation of Federation Entertainment is a sign that traditional TV production practices are changing in France.

"Federation Entertainment is a new kind of company to meet the demands of a new era in entertainment," said Breton.

"Federation Entertainment is an industry game-changer, offering producers and showrunners unique partnership opportunities and offering programmers worldwide an unprecedented wealth of major creative talent."

Breton was the head of Marathon Entertainment, the French production company group behind series such as Dolmen and Saint-Tropez.

His new executive suite includes The Oligarchs Productions (TOP) co-heads Alex Berger, a former senior executive at Canal Plus, and writer and director Eric Rochant as well as Stephane Sperry, the former president of Canal+ US who founded Liaison Films & Television. …

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