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Federation acquires worldwide rights to award-winning political comedy “Under Control”

Paris, 27th March 2023
For immediate release

Federation Studios is very proud to announce that the company has secured worldwide rights to political comedy UNDER CONTROL (Sous Contrôle), 6×30’ for ARTE, produced by eminent film production company Ex Nihilo.

UNDER CONTROL, which was praised by the public at Series Mania, won the heart and the votes of the jury of international journalists at Series Mania last week in Lille. The series won Best Series in the French category, against strong and high-profile competitors including two other series produced and distributed by Federation: BARDOT and SIX WOMEN.

UNDER CONTROL was created by Charly Delwart, produced by Ex Nihilo and written by Charly Delward in collaboration with Erwan Le Duc and Benjamin Charbit (César Award for Best Original Screenplay nominee). The cast features French actress Léa Drucker (WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE BUREAU), Samir Guesmi (SPIRAL, THE RETURNED) and Laurent Stocker de la Comédie Française.

Synopsis: The very day Marie Tessier, the 45-year-old director of the NGO Doctors of the World, is appointed Secretary of State, in charge of foreign affairs, five Europeans, including two French people, are taken hostage by terrorists in Sahel. Making it personal, Marie immediately goes rogue while striving to make it look like everything’s under control.

In France, the series is scheduled to air on ARTE. Discussions are underway regarding further territories.

Series Mania 2023 was a very prolific edition for Federation. Apart from UNDER CONTROL, two other series, produced and distributed by Federation were competing in the official competition, and held their world premiere during the festival.

BARDOT, a series produced by Pascal Breton and Judith Rochelois and directed by Daniele Thompson and Christopher Thompson about French icon Brigitte Bardot, that sparked buzz at Series Mania; and SIX WOMEN, the heart-filling story of 6 extraordinary women on an unlikely hike. Actress Clémentine Célarié won the Series Mania award for Best Actress in French Competition for her remarkable acting performance in this series produced by Fanny Riedberger for Habanita Production, a Federation label.

Under Control, Bardot and Six Women headline Federation’s slate of series to be launched this spring 2023.

Press contacts Federation Studios:
Valérie Tailland – + 33 (0)6 82 57 06 09 / valerie.tailland@fedent.com
Cynthia Torosjan / Cynthia.torosjan@fedent.com

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