Picture Perfect Federation acquires adaptation rights to Allison Pataki’s Bestselling ‘Sisi’ Novels showcasing the life of iconic Empress

Picture Perfect Federation acquires adaptation rights to Allison Pataki’s Bestselling ‘Sisi’ Novels showcasing the life of iconic Empress

The premium drama series to be co-produced with MAS Production


Paris / Los Angeles April 5, 2019

For immediate release

Picture Perfect Federation, the company recently launched by Patrick Wachsberger’s Picture Perfect Entertainment and Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment, has acquired adaptation rights to multiple New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki’s novels, The Accidental Empress and Sisi: Empress on Her Own. The two novels chart the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who is still widely known throughout Europe as the beloved “Sisi.” She was the Princess Diana of her time.

As the studio, Picture Perfect Federation will handle worldwide distribution with Michael Shamberg’s MAS Production (Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction) executive producing the series with author Allison Pataki.

The series will be a thoroughly female driven period piece with a modern spin. It’s about a strong woman’s journey to accept and embrace her power in order to make her mark and live on her own terms in a male dominated world. Wide in scope with rich period details, this premium drama spanning from 1853 up until the firing shots of World War I will offer a captivating glimpse into the bedrooms and staterooms of one of history’s most intriguing periods and Europe’s most powerful royal family.

This will be the first international television series about the unconventional Empress. Sisi was unexpectedly thrust into the center of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court at the age of 15 when she unwittingly stole the heart of her sister’s fiancé, Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi’s legend endures throughout Europe thanks to the unforgettable performance of Romy Schneider in the 1955 movie Sissi which is one of the most successful German-language movies of all time viewed by nearly 25 million in theatres.

Patrick Wachsberger, Picture Perfect Federation: “We are extremely excited to partner with Allison and Michael to treat audiences to the inspiring life story of Empress Elisabeth. Sisi was a woman ahead of her time and indelibly made her mark with dignity and grace.”

Pascal Breton, Picture Perfect Federation: “The romantic yet tragic destiny of Empress Sisi is almost as well-known as that of the Queen of England. Patrick, Michael and I hope we can attract top global talent to bring this legendary story back to life, and at the same time reveal a young actress as a new global star.”

Michael Shamberg, MAS Production: “The story of Sisi was a childhood favorite of my Head of Development Alexandra Zimbler Smith who grew up in Europe and is a French citizen.  She will executive produce with me along with my other executive, Ameet Shukla. Alexandra suggested Sisi as an international TV series because of the story’s timeless appeal, particularly in an era of female empowerment. Right away I brought it to my old friend, Patrick, and his new company Picture Perfect Federation, who are the perfect partners for this.”

New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki has also written The Traitor’s Wife, Where the Light Falls, and the memoir Beauty in the Broken Places, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox News and other outlets. Allison is represented by Lacy Lynch of Dupree/Miller and Lucy Stille of APA.


About MAS Production:

Michael Shamberg executive produced the series Into The Badlands currently on AMC. His other credits range across a wide variety of subjects and include A Fish Called Wanda, The Big Chill, Contagion, Gattaca, Django Unchained, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, World Trade Center, Man on the Moon, Wish I Was Here, Reality Bites, Garden State and Along Came Polly. He also exec produced the comedy hit Reno 911.  He is currently partnered with BuzzFeed and That’s Wonderful Productions on the Warner Brothers movie, Brother Orange, starring Jim Parsons.

About Picture Perfect Federation:

Picture Perfect Federation is a joint venture that was recently formed by entertainment industry stalwart Patrick Wachsberger and his Picture Perfect Entertainment, and Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan of studio Federation Entertainment.  The new entity is dedicated to the development and production of premium television series for the U.S. marketplace on all platforms as well as engaging in international co-productions.

The team of Wachsberger, who most recently served as co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture group, and Breton and Uzan Chairman and CEO of Federation Entertainment respectively, brings decades of combined creative and financial expertise to the venture as well as a deep understanding of financing and the direct relationships to engage production and financial partners from around the globe.  Picture Perfect Federation operates in a manner that puts story first, creating solid partnerships with talent and producers around the world operating with the ability to be innovative and nimble.

Wachsberger and Federation’s Head of US Television, Ashley Stern represent the newly formed venture in Los Angeles.


Press Contact Federation Entertainment: Valérie Tailland

+33 (0)6 82 57 06 09 / valerie.tailland@fedent.com

About Federation Entertainment:

Based in Paris, Los Angeles and now Rome, Federation Entertainment has quickly established itself as a top indie European studio. Its model of development, production, distribution and marketing is at the service of premium original content specifically designed for the global marketplace.

Created and launched in 2013 by president Pascal Breton, Federation is co-headed by Lionel Uzan, CEO, and founders David Michel (head of Cottonwood Media, the Kids company of the group), Stephane Sperry and Serge Hayat. Thierry Sorel joined the team in 2016 followed by Benoit Lacombe in 2017 as COO. Ashley Stern heads the LA office.

Federation is now expanding into non-scripted content, teaming up with WeMake. Founded in June 2017 by Bouchra Réjani (former COO of Shine France), WeMake focuses on the creation and production of original, unscripted content for all platforms, in all genres.

Patrick Wachsberger (ex co-chairman of Lionsgate Motion Pictures) and Federation have recently joined forces to create Picture Perfect Federation, a joint venture dedicated to premium television content for both US and international markets.

Federation’s prestigious portfolio includes The Bureau (40 X 52’, TOP – The Oligarchs Productions / Federation for CANAL+), Marseille (16 X 52’, a Netflix Original series produced by Federation) ;  Hostages (22 X 45’, an Israelian thriller coproduced by Yezirah Ivrit and Federation) ; Bad Banks (6 X 52’, a German financial thriller coproduced by Letterbox Filmproduktion and Iris Productions for ZDF and Arte France) ;  Undercover (10 X 50’, a thriller produced by De Mensen for VRT) ;  The Twelve (10×52′), a fascinating psychological thriller produced by Eyeworks,  in competition at Canneseries 2019 ; Torn, a romantic 6 X 52’ thriller in competition at Series Mania 2019… as well as Find Me In Paris (78 X 26′) the premium live action hit for tweens coproduced by ZDF and Paris Opera dance school, and the animated series Ollie & Moon (104 X 11′) and Squish (52 X 13′), on the kids side.