Federation Entertainment launches documentary division

After the smashing success of Les Bleaus 2018, Au Cœur de l’Épopée Russe last summer with 7 million viewers in prime-time on TF1, Federation Entertainment announced the creation of a documentary division under the direction of Myriam Weil, former Canal+ and Black Pills executive.

Already renowned for its premium drama series (The Bureau, Marseille, Bad Banks) and youth programs (Find me in Paris, via sister company Cottonwood Media), Federation continued to the documentary genre with the same selective strategy: high-end productions with a global reach for all platforms. Myriam Weil and her team will explore a myriad of subjects; ranging from sports to music and lifestyle, for all audiences.

Company’s first foray into documentary began with the docu-event series following the French football team to their World Cup win in July 2018. The series, co-produced with Yvette Production and with an exclusive partnership with the French Football Federation, gave a unique, insider look into the team’s training and players mentalities leading up to the final match, and attracted 7 million viewers in primetime on TF1. Federation is looking to continue its success in the documentary arena; capturing critical cultural moments at the right time.

Pascal Breton, CEO: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome Myriam Weil into the Federation team: she’s long been a great source of curiosity and creativity throughout her numerous ‘lives’ as an investigative journalist and documentary producer. Our challenge now is to produce premium documentaries which are successful and pertinent both for the French market as well as international platforms’.

Weil added: ‘Viewers are eager for all kinds of documentaries as long as they are told in a moving and compelling way, especially when built upon previously unavailable material. I’m very proud to join the directors, writers and producers who have made Federation Entertainment a success, and to work with them on larger than life - but very real - characters and stories’.

The newly announced division will hit the ground running, as an agreement with Universal Music France has already been signed to develop a collection of documentaries on the most iconic artists of the music industry giant, for a platform and French channel.