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Showtime Orders Espionage Political Thriller “The Department” (w/t) To Be Directed by Two-Time Oscar® Winner George Clooney

Series is based on the Critically Acclaimed Federation’s Hit French Drama Le Bureau des Legendes, One of the Most-Watched Global TV Series

Clooney and Grant Heslov will also Executive Produce through their Smokehouse Pictures; MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios to Produce

Paris, Los Angeles – February 6, 2023

For immediate release

Showtime has placed a straight-to-series order for The Department (w/t) to be directed by George Clooney.

THE DEPARTMENT is based on cult French series The Bureau (50×52’) a Canal+ Original Creation series, created by Eric Rochant, coproduced by TOP-The Originals Productions (Alex Berger, Eric Rochant) and Federation Studios (Pascal Breton, Lionel Uzan).

“We are delighted to extend The Bureau’s DNA through The Department for Showtime with our friends at MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios,” said Alex Berger, President and Executive Producer at The Originals Productions (TOP). “The Originals Productions (TOP), Federation and Paramount are taking our franchise to the next level, making a new high-stake international espionage show set today in a very complex geopolitical environment.”

Added Guillaume Pommier, Co-Head of Distribution at Federation: “We couldn’t dream of a better partner home than Showtime to adapt The Bureau. They share with us the passion, the vision and the ambition for this amazing show, combined with their strong premium global network which will bring The Department to the world.”

The Department based on the riveting and brilliant series The Bureau, will follow in the great tradition of Homeland, one of the most successful and brand-defining shows at SHOWTIME,” said Chris McCarthy, President/CEO, Showtime and Paramount Media. “Just as HOMELAND elevated global espionage to new heights, The Department will take viewers even deeper into a world of intrigue and subterfuge with complicated characters who struggle with their own demons as they fight existential threats to the nation and the world.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with George & Grant on this amazing project, said David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios.  P+/Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios has been an incredible home to so many of our projects and we are excited to once again work alongside Chris McCarthy, Keith Cox, Nina Diaz and their incredible teams

Clooney and Grant Heslov will executive produce through their Smokehouse Pictures with MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios set to produce. Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, The Department will be executive produced by Keith Cox and Nina L. Diaz of MTVE Studios; David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, David Hutkin and Bob Yari of 101 Studios (Yellowstone); Alex Berger for The Originals Productions; and Ashley Stern and Pascal Breton for Federation Studios/Federation Entertainment of America. Production is slated to start later this year.

Le Bureau centers on the daily life and missions of agents within France’s principal external security service. It focuses on the “Bureau of Legends,” responsible for training and handling deep-cover agents on long-term missions in areas with French interests.  Living under false identities for years, these agents’ missions are to identify and recruit good intelligence sources.The New York Times named it one of the top international shows of the decade, and NPR has called it “addictively suspenseful” and “one of the best TV shows in the world.”  

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