Federation Entertainment and Australian prodco Essential Media Group to coproduce AFTERMATH, a crime drama series centered on two strong women fighting to right past wrongs and reclaim their long-lost friendship.

Paris, Sydney, November 29, 2019
For immediate release.


Federation Entertainment (Pascal Breton, Lionel Uzan) and Essential Media Group (Greg Quail) announce today the co-development and the co production of Aftermath, an 8 X 52 mins crime drama series set in Australia in 1992 and the present day.

Currently in advanced development, the series will be presented to the international market at Content London.

Aftermath is an original series created by director, Erin White, whose directing credits include Sando, Doctor Doctor and Squinters.

Two forty-something estranged high school best friends reunite when they pursue a cold case – the murder of their handsome art teacher twenty-eight years before; the only problem is, one of them already confessed to the crime and spent ten years behind bars for it.

Erin White: ‘’It’s no secret that the experiences of women as victims has received great attention in recent times, and now a new wave of understanding of the lives of women has arisen. In trying to interpret this new understanding as a generator of story, I want to express the strength and power of women to rise above victimization. That’s the key emotional driver of the story.”

Emotionally, the series will pack the punch of shows like Big Little Lies with its exploration of female friendships and social politics; Top of the Lake’s searing emotional trajectory in the character’s journey to doggedly pursue truth and justice; a duo of two strong women grappling with an overwhelming investigation in Unbelievable; or Broadchurch, for a narrative arc with many surprising twists and red herrings that keeps the audience guessing at every turn.

An award-winning multi-genre company, Essential Media Group is one of Australia’s leading producers of high quality content for both local and international audiences. Its drama portfolio includes Rake, Jack Irish, Doctor Doctor, The Principal and the Disney movie Saving Mr Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Essential Media currently has several scripted projects in development with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sky New Zealand and Acorn TV.

The series will be produced by Michelle Hardy, VP of Scripted at Essential Media.


About Federation Entertainment:

Based in Paris, Los Angeles, Rome and Madrid, Federation Entertainment has quickly established itself as a top indie European studio. Its model of development, production, distribution and marketing is at the service of premium original content specifically designed for the global marketplace.

Created in 2013 and run by Pascal Breton, Federation is co-headed by Lionel Uzan, CEO, and founders David Michel (head of Cottonwood Media, the Kids company of the group), Stephane Sperry and Serge Hayat. Thierry Sorel joined the team in 2016 followed by Benoit Lacombe in 2017 as COO. Ashley Stern heads the LA office.

Federation has recently expanded into the documentary genre, with the arrival of Myriam Weil, and non-scripted, with the acquisition of WeMake, founded in June 2017 by Bouchra Réjani (former COO of Shine France).

Patrick Wachsberger (former co-chairman of Lionsgate Motion Pictures) and Federation have recently joined forces to create Picture Perfect Federation, a joint venture dedicated to premium television content for both US and international markets.

Federation’s prestigious portfolio includes acclaimed Canal+ espionage series The Bureau; Marseille, a Netflix Original series; Bad Banks, a financial thriller for ZDF and Arte; The Twelve, Best Screenplay at Canneseries 2019; Mytho, winner of the Audience award and Best Actress award for Marina Hands at Series Mania 2019; Amsterdam Vice, a fast-paced, high-octane procedural, as well as Find Me In Paris (78 X 26′) the premium live action hit for tweens coproduced by ZDF and Opera National de Paris.


About Essential Media Group :

Essential Media Group – a subsidiary of Kew Media Group – is one of Australia’s leading producers of high-quality screen content for both local and international audiences.

An award-winning, multi-genre company, Essential Media produces TV drama, documentaries, feature films, factual series and lifestyle programming out of its Sydney head office and its North American offices in Los Angeles and Dallas-Forth Worth and Auckland, New Zealand. Platform partners outside Australia include BBC, UKTV, National Geographic, PBS, Discovery Networks, Sundance, A&E, History Channel, Arte, CuriosityStream, Netflix and Fox Network.

The company has been behind internationally acclaimed drama series such as Rake, Jack Irish, Doctor Doctor, The Principal and the Disney movie Saving Mr Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

Essential Media’s recent unscripted successes include the six part history series The Pacific with Sam Neill (Foxtel, Prime NZ, Ovation), science adventure series Body Hack (Network Ten and Discovery), 4K TV series and feature film Living Universe (ABC, Arte France, Curiosity Stream & UKTV), feature documentary The Go-Betweens: Right Here (Winner Best Feature documentary at 2017 SPA awards), the documentary series Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War, (winner of the 2016 NSW Premier’s History Award Media Prize) and My Brother, The Serial Killer (Investigation Discovery). In the lifestyle genre, a fifth season of Gourmet Farmer is in production and remains Australian broadcaster SBS’s number one food series franchise, while in the US various shows are in production, including The Impossible Live for A&E, Restored Series 4 for DIY, Selling the Big Easy for HGTV, Ghost Loop for Travel Channel and Texas Flip and Move – now in its 13th season – is DIY’s number one lifestyle show of all time.


Contact presse Federation:
Valérie Tailland
06 82 57 06 09 / valerie.tailland@fedent.com