Cannes — Federation Entertainment, Pascal Breton’s company which is behind Eric Rochant’s “The Bureau” and Netflix’s first French commission “Marseille,” has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Belgian crime thriller drama “The Break.”
Commissioned and co-produced by Belgian pubcaster RTBF, “The Break” revolves around the murder of a 19-year old footballer with Heiderfield football club in a small town of the Belgian Ardennes. The show follows the complex and perilous investigation of a cop who recently relocated in the village after a domestic tragedy and has to team up with an idealistic and inexperienced young police officer.
Lionel Uzan, Federation Entertainment’s managing director and co-founder, called “The Break” a “riveting crime series, and a great title to add to the company’s growing catalogue.”
Emerging Belgian filmmaker Matthieu Donck directed and also co-wrote the series with Stephane Bergmans and Benjamin D’Aoust. Anthony Rey from Helicotronc produced the show. Belgian shingle Ella Prod retains rights for Benelux and France. The series premiered to strong ratings on RTBF and has been reupped for a second season, which is currently in development.
“This acquisition marks our continued desire to acquire high-end productions from a broad range of international producers and showcase the incredible talent coming out of European territories,” added Uzan.
Since launching in Sept. 2014, Federation Entertainment has built a wide-ranging lineup of upscale European and international series, from French spy thriller drama “The Bureau” to Finnish hospital drama “The Replacements”and Israeli mystery drama “Green House.” Over at MipTV, Federation Entertainment is unveiling two new co-productions: “Bordertown,” a Nordic noir skein showcased at the confab, and “The Collection,” a French-fashion-themed drama series which reps Amazon Prime’s first U.K./French original.