FEDERATION ENTERTAINMENT and Italian production company PALOMAR to coproduce THAT DIRTY BLACK BAG, a western steampunk series

Paris, 7th December 2017

Palomar (Detective Montalbano, Maltese) and Federation Entertainment (The Bureau, Marseille) announced today the co-development and the co-production of THAT DIRTY BLACK BAG, an 8 X one-hour series (original title: QUELLA SPORCA SACCA NERA).

THAT DIRTY BLACK BAG, created by par Mauro Aragoni and co-written by Mauro Aragoni, Silvia Ebreul and Marcello Izzo, is currently in development.

This western steampunk is an intense series which describes a savage, scorched and deserted world where resources are scarce and it’s a daily struggle for survival. There, two men and two worlds will collide in an epic clash.

The series will be shot in English. Filming is scheduled for 2018 in Italy as well as other southern European countries.

Created in 1986 by Carlo Degli Esposti, Palomar is one of the most highly acclaimed Italian cinema and TV drama production companies.

Federation Entertainment will distribute the series internationally with Palomar as the majority producers.


Federation Entertainment 

Federation Entertainment, launched by President and Founder Pascal Breton in 2013, has quickly established itself as top indie European studio and production company. Previous President of Marathon Group, Pascal Breton partnered with key international players, Lionel Uzan (Managing Director), David Michel (Managing Director, Kids and Family), Stephane Sperry (Producer), and Serge Hayat, while Ashley Stern heads the US operations. With offices in Paris and Los Angeles, the company focuses on the creation, production, financing and distribution of high quality original productions for the global marketplace.

Federation Entertainment currently has 12 series in production including the second season of Netflix France’s first original series MARSEILLE, starring Gerard Depardieu with acclaimed writer Dan Franck and director Florent Emilio Siri; the award-winning original series in production on a fourth season, LE BUREAU DES LEGENDES/THE BUREAU, a CANAL+ Creation Originale series created by Éric Rochant and produced by Alex Berger and Éric Rochant for TOP-The Oligarchs Productions, in association with Federation Entertainment; Oliver Goldstick’s THE COLLECTION, a co-production with Lookout Point for BBC Worldwide and Amazon’s first UK original drama; the award winning Israeli thriller, HOSTAGES for Channel 10 & CANAL+; Hit Belgian drama, THE BREAK; breakout Finnish series for YLE, BORDERTOWN; BAD BANKS, a thriller series in the world of high-finance produced by Letterbox Filmproducktion and Iris Productions for ZDF and Arte; UNIT 42, a detective series of one-hour episodes produced by Left Field Ventures and RTBF; and ONE NIGHT, a norwegian 10 X 26’ innovative dramedy.

Additionally, Federation has a number of high profile series in development for both U.S. and international audiences.




Established in 1986, Palomar is one of the leading independent film and television production companies in Italy. It has a proven track record of delivering quality film, documentaries and television productions. Palomar produces projects that reflect the contemporary society and nurtures close collaborations with the most exciting screenwriters, directors and acting talents. It is a key player in the international co-productions field in Europe. The company is run by founder and CEO Carlo Degli Esposti and Partner and MD Nicola Serra. Palomar has an active production and development team that consists of Marco Camilli (Head of Development), Margherita Murolo, Luigi Pinto and Chiara Supplizi who are, together with the producers, creatively in charge of the Palomar’s slate of projects. Recently Palomar also launched the entertainment production Division headed by Marco Cingoli, former executive at Sony Pictures Television-Italy, quickly establishing itself on the industry’s forefront, producing several of the hottest new entertainment products in Italy, with great reception abroad as well. Palomar has an impressive track record in TV drama, with great success among audiences and critics both in Italy and abroad. The series Inspector Montalbano, The Young Montalbano, Maltese: Il romanzo del Commissario and Braccialetti Rossi have positioned Palomar as one of the most prominent European producers. Palomar’s upcoming titles include Gaddafi, created by Roberto Saviano and Nadav Schirman and The Name of the Rose, the TV adaptation of Umberto Eco’s internationally acclaimed book. Together with TV production, Palomar is among the most creative film producers in Italy: We Believed, Steel, A Special Day, Leopardi, Feather, Tommaso and Fairytale are some of Palomar’s productions that have competed in Europe’s most renowned festivals. Very active in co-productions as well, Palomar was involved in Tarde Para la Ira (The Fury of a Patient Man) by Raul Arevalo, a co-production with Spain (4 Goyas), the Happy Prince (Rupert Everett’s directorial debut) and with UK’s Made in Italy, first feature film of James d’Arcy.


Contact presse Federation Entertainment :

Valérie Tailland

06 82 57 06 09  / valerie.tailland@fedent.com