Paris, January 31st, 2022
For Immediate release
Federation Entertainment continues to expand its global reach by joining forces with French leading production company Bonne Pioche.
The two groups, who both operate independently of any broadcaster, will now be able to share their complementary expertise in production and distribution.
Federation Entertainment has acquired a 51% stake in Bonne Pioche, which retains full editorial freedom. The deal covers all production activities, from development to delivery, as well as back office and international sales.
Bonne Pioche, headed by Yves Darondeau and Emmanuel Priou, is very active in the production of dramas and documentaries for cinema and television, in the recording of live shows, in the international distribution of documentaries, and in music supervision and publishing. Two years ago, the company – whose name means “Good call!” or “Good choice!” in French – launched its fiction series production activity for traditional broadcasters and streaming platforms. Under the new agreement, Bonne Pioche’s current team of 36 permanent staff members will remain unchanged, still operating from their Paris offices in the 11th arrondissement.
The move is the latest in a stream of worldwide acquisitions for Federation Entertainment, headed by Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan. The company has established itself as major player in the audiovisual sector, particularly in the international production and distribution of fiction, animation and feature films.
Yves Darondeau and Emmanuel Priou said: « We are very happy and proud to be associated with Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan, whom we have known for a long time. We look forward to bringing together the best creators to nourish our original and diversified editorial content. We are very excited about this new stage in the life of Bonne Pioche. What drives us is our desire to be as close as possible to the talents we support. Bonne Pioche is defined by our team on one hand and the great diversity of our productions of documentaries, comedies, genre films and shows on the other hand. Our complicity with Pascal and Lionel and the complementarity of their teams will allow us to give even more ambition to our projects, to offer wide audiences unique programs in line with our humanistic values.”
Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan said: « Emmanuel and Yves are true craftsmen. They and their teams are capable of developing the riskiest projects and turning them into success stories like their Oscar for March of the Penguins. This « artisan adventurer » approach is essential for us and responds to the current desire of networks and platforms to share great documentaries, series and cinema films that are increasingly original and ambitious. This is why we are so happy that the entire Bonne Pioche team is joining the Federation galaxy to support the greatest talents in their future projects in France and abroad.”
About Bonne Pioche:
BONNE PIOCHE, founded in 1993, is managed today by two of its founders, Yves Darondeau and Emmanuel Priou alongside General Manager Pascal Guerrin. They are surrounded by a team of 30+ permanent staff members. Since its inception, Bonne Pioche has been producing ambitious and innovative content with a common desire to enlighten and entertain people about the world. Today, Bonne Pioche has become a dynamic group that includes subsidiaries Bonne Pioche Television (with partner Alexandre Soullier), Bonne Pioche Cinema (with partner Pascal Guerrin), Bonne Pioche Story (with partner Victoire d’Aboville), Bonne Pioche Spectacle, Bonne Pioche Music and Lucky You (with partner Robert Salvestrin), whose areas of activity range from television production (documentaries, magazine programs, live performances and dramas) to feature film production, music and documentary distribution in France and abroad. Its flagship programs include Poly, the saga We are Family, the documentary series I’m sleeping over tonight and It’s a bare-faced Cheek, the documentaries March of the Penguins and The Bastard King, as well as recordings of the play Du canard à l’Orange and The Camille Lellouche Show.
About Federation Entertainment:
Federation, founded in 2013, 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.
Chaired by Pascal Breton and co-directed by Lionel Uzan, Federation has a total of 150 permanent employees and nearly 20 production subsidiaries in France, the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Israel, and the UK.
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 Bureau, Bad Banks, Baby, Find Me In Paris, Partisan, Undercover, Les Bleus 2018, Wenger Invincible, and more recently In Treatment, the adaptation of cult format BeTipul by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache for ARTE and Around the World in 80 Days starring David Tennant, produced for the European Alliance (France Televisions, ZDF, Rai), BBC and PBS Masterpiece.
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Virginie Valente Duarte
Communications Director, Bonne Pioche
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