PARIS-- French vet producer Pascal Breton has officially launched Federation Entertainment, a film and TV mini-studio with offices in Paris and L.A.Following the footsteps of Gaumont International Television, Breton, who is the former boss of Marathon Entertainment, has tapped a well-seasoned American executive, Ashley Stern, to run the Los Angeles office, which will focus on development and marketing.Stern was previously VP of development and production at Ensemble Entertainment where she worked on such acclaimed series as "The Pacific," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Magic City."Meanwhile, Breton appointed international sales exec Jean-Michel...
French TV industry veteran Pascal Breton founded the Paris-based banner Federation Entertainment three years ago and has managed to produce Netflix’s first French-language show, “Marseille,” and “The Bureau,” one of Canal Plus’s most successful original drama series to date, which has sold worldwide. Federation Entertainment recently signed a first-look deal with Paramount to co-produce and co-distribute upscale English-language shows. Set up like a mini-major, Federation Entertainment has ties with indie producers, notably The Oligarchs Productions, whose credits include “The Bureau.”
Before launching Federation Entertainment, Breton founded the production company Marathon and became the creator and producer of many famous French shows, most notably “Saint Tropez”, with 480 episodes produced between 1996 and 2008, as well as the mystery thriller “Dolmen” and a flurry of popular animated series such as “Totally Spies” which sold worldwide.
In the mid 2000s, the company diversified by acquiring many smaller production companies, such as ALP (specialized in reality TV and game shows such as “Fort Boyard” and “Koh Lanta”). Zodiac Media Group later purchased Marathon and Pascal Breton continued to serve as CEO until 2013.