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SlugNews et Federation Studios proudly announce the production of “Patrick Vieira – Off The Bench” (90’)

SlugNews et Federation Studios proudly announce the production of

“Patrick Vieira – Off The Bench” (90’)

A social impact documentary on systemic racism in soccer


Paris, October 10th, 2022

For Immediate Release:

Patrick Vieira – Off the bench, a social-impact feature documentary on racism in soccer co-produced by SlugNews & Federation Studios.

Marina Ladous, Jean-Baptiste Renaud, Lorenzo Benedetti and Patrick Vieira (SlugNews) have teamed up with Myriam Weil (Federation Studios) to develop and produce this documentary, soon shooting in Great Britain and France.

In Off The Bench, Patrick Vieira goes public to engage in the fight of his life: denouncing systemic racism in his beloved sport soccer, and beyond.

Patrick Vieira has had an exceptional career in professional soccer, both as a pillar of the biggest European clubs, (Arsenal, Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester City), as well as a member and captain of the French national team, winner of the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship.

Currently coach of English Premier League club, Crystal Palace after a stint in Nice and New York, Vieira draws from his extraordinary experience to produce an ambitious journalistic investigation over several months, complete with supporting data. This is the impact film on world soccer that Vieira has been dreaming of seeing for years.

Players, trainers, coaches, managers and journalists will all be involved in this documentary event.

Patrick Vieira : “In 2022, black players continue to be insulted on the field and on social media. There are only two black coaches in first division on the entire European continent including me! How can we change this?”

Marina Ladous et Myriam Weil : « With this documentary, our goal is not only to stop at the facts, but to effect real change positively, and in a constructive spirit. We are combining our experience in investigative and sports documentaries to advance this crucial cause! »

Press contact Federation :

Valérie Tailland – +33 6 82 57 06 09 – valerie.tailland@fedent.com

About SlugNews

SlugNews is a production studio founded 7 years ago, and is an independent company dedicated to the production of investigative documentaries. SlugNews productions are the result of collaboration between directors, authors, journalists, cartoonists, and experts.


About Federation Studios

Led by Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan, Federation 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. Previously Federation Entertainment, 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 eight years after its creation, the production and distribution studio based in Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Madrid, London, Berlin, Cologne, Brussels, and Tel-Aviv boasts 230 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 (50 X 52’), the financial thriller Bad Banks (12 x 52’), the Netflix original hit series Baby (now 3 seasons), the premium live action hit for tweens Find Me In Paris (78 X 26′), Around the World in 80 Days starring David Tennant, produced for the European Alliance (France Televisions, ZDF, Rai), BBC and PBS Masterpiece; as well as Varane, Destin de Champion (Amazon Prime-Video), Nadia (Canal+) and Shocking Schiaparelli (52’, France Télévisions & RTS) to name a few.




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