Paris, November 8, 2022
For immediate release
Federation Studios (headed by Pascal Breton and co-directed by Lionel Uzan) and Empreinte Digitale are proud to announce the creation of Federation MEAC, a production subsidiary devoted to the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean– highly creative and dynamic territories.
Federation MEAC’s purpose is to work with and connect talents from these parts of the world, both locally and internationally, via productions and co-productions that will help put their creativity on the global map.
This subsidiary has been created by co-founding chairman Joachim Landau who, up until now has been a producer of documentaries, unscripted programs and series with Empreinte Digitale, another member of the Federation Studios group, known for its shows Infiniti (Canal+), Parallels (Disney+) and The 7 Lives of Lea (Netflix), among others.
Lionel Uzan, managing director of Federation Studios, and Raphaël Rocher, managing director of Empreinte Digitale, will be on the board alongside Joachim Landau. Their combined experience and the excellent reputation of the Federation group only boost Federation MEAC’s development.
“The audiovisual market in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean is expanding fast, with a plethora of excellent writers, directors, actors and producers,” says Joachim Landau. “Their inventiveness and energy reflect those of Federation so much so that we just had to be present in these markets. We aim to help them grow internationally and to create synergies with our group, by sharing its formats, for example.’’
Joachim Landau was the natural candidate for Federation MEAC. Having acquired expertise in the areas of cinema, TV and Africa (he has a master’s degree in South African Cinema during Apartheid, and a Master’s in Business Administration & Audiovisual Production, as well as a PhD in political science from Sciences Po Bordeaux on the South African TV/Film Industry), he began his career in the Contents Division at Orange before joining Empreinte Digitale in 2014.
Landau co-created and is producing a South African series for Empreinte Digitale that is a co-production with Natives at Large. Spinners is currently being shot in Cape Town for CANAL+ and SHOWMAX.
About fifteen projects in total are being developed at the moment. They cover a wide spectrum, from streamed feature films and documentaries to fiction series, with a penchant for pop culture and genre products across the board: rom-com, thriller, genre, action. Whatever the product, it’s always mainstream.
Joachim Landau will be assisted by Manuela Cassuto, head of development in charge of sourcing projects and taking them all the way to production.
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About Federation Studios:
Led by Pascal Breton, CEO, and Lionel Uzan, MD, Federation Studios (previously Federation Entertainment) heralds a new breed of independent European studios, focusing on the creation, production, financing and distribution of high-quality original productions for the global marketplace.
Federation Studios works with the best worldwide talents and partners in the industry to create a strong distribution portfolio as well as an array of premium international productions. Only nine years after its creation, the production and distribution studio is based in Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Madrid, London, Berlin, Cologne and Tel-Aviv with companies Robin & Co, Bonne Pioche, Cottonwood Media, Cheyenne Federation, Fabula Pictures, Empreinte Digitale, Mercer Productions, Picture Perfect Federation, Federation Spain, Glisk, Vertigo Films, Drama Team, Animal Federation… The group boasts 250 full time employees, a number which continues to grow monthly.
Active in the drama, kids & family, documentary and light entertainment space, Federation works with all platforms and major broadcasters in the market. Its rich portfolio includes major award-winning and international successes such as the cult spy series The Bureau (5 seasons), the financial thriller Bad Banks, the Netflix original hit series Baby (3 seasons), the premium live action hit for teens Find Me In Paris (3 seasons), In Treatment, the adaptation of cult format BeTipul by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, Around the World in 80 Days starring David Tennant, as well as Varane, Destin de Champion (Amazon Prime-Video) or Nadia (nominee for Best documentary at the Int. Emmy Awards), to name a few.
Frequently awarded for its renowned productions, Federation won Best International Series Award at CanneSeries three times in a row for Partisan (2020), Mister 8 (2021) and The Lesson (2022). One of Us (Lycée Toulouse-Lautrec) produced by Federation for TF1 just won Best Series prize at the Festival de la Fiction de la Rochelle (Sept. 2022).