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Federation Studios picks up distribution rights to Starlings Television Distribution’s SHERLOCK & DAUGHTER

Produced in Association with The CW & Warner Bros. Discovery, the Series has Commenced Production in Dublin with Director Bryn Higgins

Los Angeles and Paris, April 8th, 2024

Starlings Television Distribution, through its affiliate Albion Television, has partnered with Federation Studios on SHERLOCK AND DAUGHTER (8×60) to distribute the new scripted crime thriller worldwide.

Federation will handle international distribution rights for SHERLOCK AND DAUGHTER outside territories where Starlings has secured straight-to-series orders, together with financiers Krempelwood and MBM3: The CW in the U.S. and Warner Bros. Discovery’s discovery+ in the UK & Ireland. Previously, YLE Finland, NRK Norway, DR Denmark, SVT Sweden, RUV Iceland and Amedia CIS signed on along with SBS Television Australia. SBS acquired the series from Escapade Media, which has licensed the distribution rights to it in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Palatin Media is distributing the show as exclusive sales agent in Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Europe.

Shooting of this Albion and StoryFirst co-production in Ireland/UK has commenced in Dublin, with Cross Keys Productions overseeing physical production. Director Bryn Higgins (Black Mirror, The Mallorca Files) helms the series, with BAFTA Award-nominated actor David Thewlis (Fargo, The Artful Dodger) as the world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes; Blu Hunt (The New Mutants, Another Life) as Amelia Rojas; and International Emmy® and BAFTA Award-winning Dougray Scott (Crime, Mission Impossible 2) as Holmes’ nemesis, Professor Moriarty.

In this exciting new series is an older Sherlock Holmes, less confident and out of his comfort zone. The renowned detective finds himself mysteriously unable to investigate a sinister case without risking the lives of his closest friends. Meanwhile young American, Amelia learns her missing father may be the esteemed detective, after her mother’s shocking and unexplainable murder.

Sherlock battles between his intellect and his emotion when he is confronted with this young woman claiming to be his daughter. Despite wildly different backgrounds and attitudes, Amelia proves herself essential to cracking the case as the pair work together to solve a global conspiracy, the mystery of her mother’s murder and find out for sure if she really is Sherlock’s daughter. Will she lead to his redemption?

From Starlings TV Distribution, Albion Television and StoryFirst, the creative team for the series is led by Showrunner/EP James Duff, Creator/Head Writer Brendan Foley and Higgins as director. Joining the team are Executive Producer Dominic Barlow, as well as writers Micah War Dog Wright and Shelly Goldstein. Karine Martin and Chris Philip will serve as EPs for Starlings, Peter Gerwe for StoryFirst, Ivan Dunleavy for Cross Keys and Natalie Lawley for Escapade Media.

About Federation Studios

Run by founder Pascal Breton and co-led by Lionel Uzan and Marco Chimenz, Federation Studios 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 on the scene today to create a strong distribution portfolio as well as an array of premium international productions.

Ten years after its creation, the group federates 35 production companies located in Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Madrid, London, Berlin, Cologne and Tel-Aviv.

Active in the drama, kids & family, documentary and cinema space, Federation co-finances projects in the early stages and accompanies partners in their specific production needs throughout the entire creative process. The strong distribution arm of the company has been building up a rich lineup, mixing in-house and third-party premium content. Its portfolio includes major award-winning and international successes.

About Starlings TV Distribution, LLC

Starlings TV Distribution is a division of Starlings Entertainment, a collection of interconnected companies that focus on developing, financing, producing and distributing smartly budgeted, highly commercial live action and animated films and television programs along with other media. Projects are developed in-house as well as sourced from an expansive network of affiliates and long-standing producer relationships.

Starlings TV Distribution is an affiliate of Starlings Television, with a portfolio that most notably includes the award-winning, high-octane conspiracy thriller drama Departure, now in development for a fourth season after a successful launch on Global Network Canada, Peacock in the U.S. and multiple international networks. Starlings Television’s production slate includes the YA sci-fi action series Pandora, with two seasons on The CW and entering into its third season worldwide; Storyville, a new series in development for the global market flashing back to the birth of the jazz age from Creators-Executive Producers Bill Macdonald (Rome, Flying Tigers) and Walt Becker (Clifford the Big Red Dog, Wild Hogs); and, with Athena Pictures, Shadowland,from Creator Jacqui Barcos and Director Darnell Martin (American Rust, The Good Lord Bird, Cadillac Records).

About StoryFirst

StoryFirst’s focus is on the development, production and financing of high-quality original drama series for the global marketplace. StoryFirst was originally founded as Pinewood Television and has produced notable projects that include The Child in Time for BBC/Masterpiece and Max Anger – With One Eye Open for Viaplay.  In July 2021, Starlings Entertainment and StoryFirst formed a joint development fund covering premium drama and family entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film and streaming. Available in more than 220 countries and territories and 50 languages.

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