EXCLUSIVE: The American management and production house Anonymous Content has joined forces with the European company Federation Entertainment to launch the French television label Anonymous / Federation.
The company is the latest joint venture between Real detective and Bad robot Anonymous producer and an international company, joining AC Nordic, AC Brazil and Chapter One in the UK as part of the company’s global expansion.
The Anonymous / Federation development and production label will be overseen by Dawn Olmstead and David Levine on behalf of Anonymous Content, and by Pascal Breton, Lionel Uzan and Patrick Wachsberger on behalf of Office (Photo), Bad banks and Around the world in 80 days outfit Federation.
The managing director of the newly created company, which will produce content for the French and global markets, will be announced shortly.
In the meantime, the first project for the label has been defined as The kidnapping of Yossele Schumacher, a limited-series thriller based on a true story, from writer Moshe Zonder (Tehran) and filmmaker Eran Riklis (Lemon).
The drama is based on the 1960s true story in which the kidnapping of an eight-year-old Jewish boy – Yossele Schumacher – by his ultra-Orthodox grandfather leads three women to clash over his fate and faith , and a fierce conflict between the Israeli Mossad and the Orthodox community. The story begins in Jerusalem and continues through France, Germany, Great Britain and Belgium, before finally culminating in its dramatic ending in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Lemon and The Syrian Bride director Riklis will direct the series, which he created and wrote with Tehran co-creator and Fauda writer Moshe Zonder.
The project in English, French, Yiddish and Hebrew is a co-production between Anonymous Content, Federation, United King Films, Topia Communications and Eran Riklis Productions. Anonymous Content CEO Dawn Olmstead, David Levine and Ryan Schwartz will oversee the project on behalf of Anonymous Content. United King Films owner Moshe Edery, Topia Communications owner Michael Sharfshtein, and Eran Riklis will oversee on behalf of the Israeli partners.
As we revealed last week, the fast growing Federation is also expanding further into the US market by launching a Los Angeles-based management and production company.
“The Federation’s impeccable reputation, its deep roots in the European market and its exquisite taste make us incredibly excited to partner with them in France,” said Dawn Olmstead, CEO of Anonymous Content, of the new label.
“Anonymous/Federation will allow us to expand our diversity of storytelling and content creation while creating more global opportunities for the talent we represent. We’re excited to launch this partnership with an engaging series that examines the intersection of family and faith.
Comments Pascal Breton, President of Federation Entertainment: “We at Federation We are extremely proud of our new joint venture with Anonymous Content focused on the creation of major French series with an international vocation, created by the best French filmmakers and showrunners. We are also delighted to increase our financing and production capacity for large English-language European series with budgets comparable to large American series.
“As we have seen in the past, the future belongs to the creators, and we hope to see the talented showrunners and directors represented by Anonymous Content come to France and Europe to film their shows, and conversely that many French and European talent associated with Federation will want to share their projects with the extraordinary creative talents of the Anonymous Content teams.
“I am very happy to be part of this new chapter of my long relationship with Anonymous Content with my partners of Federation,added Patrick Wachsberger, President of Picture Perfect Federation.
Riklis and Zonder said of the new series: “This incredible story was part of our childhood, taking us children and our parents into an exciting world of intrigue and emotion. This real-life thriller unfolded before us on the radio, in the press, in the weekly TV news at the movies, and over dinner in every house in the country – secular or Orthodox. We embarked on a global journey following Yossele’s trials and tribulations across Europe and the United States. This story is about pain, love, parenthood, loss, faith, fanaticism and secrets and lies on so many levels. We all feel extremely fortunate to be the ones who brought this touching and exciting story to a global audience. “
Zonder is represented by Lenore Entertainment Group and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.