The French Entertainment Federation has appointed screenwriter Polly Williams (eOne) and vice president of script for Ariel Gottlieb to run a new division in the UK.
Williams became the managing director of the British Federation while Gottlieb was appointed as creative director, with two other executives joining the new company as partner of the French company.
The division will develop, produce and monetize dramatic content for television and film, with the goal of adding more women-led content to the consortium’s roster.
A number of projects are in development but not yet revealed, as the consortium promises to offer “flexibility” beyond the in-house production model. It will also look for opportunities for co-production, co-financing and distribution.
The move is the latest growth for the consortium, which was founded by Pascal Breton and Lionel Ozan in 2015 and raised $60 million for international expansion in June.
It also signals the company’s growing ambitions by hiring Williams and Gottlieb. The former developed a series of shows during his time at eOne, including escape from For HBO and Neil Gaiman never anywhere, which is in an advanced stage of development.
Meanwhile, Gottlieb developed and was the CEO of the script The Dublin murders for BBC and Starz, and has also worked on ITV and Hulu . shows Sister.
“The UK has always been on our radar, but it has been essential to ensure we have the right kind of creative talent to lead this new operation,” said Britton, president of the association. Polly and Ariel are both dynamic executives with impressive resumes who are sure to provide exceptional content. We are very happy to welcome them to our Al Ittihad network.
Williams added: “I am delighted to be partnering with the wonderful Ariel on this new project. We both think Union is a very smart and exciting company. The opportunity to benefit from their European networks with great British writers and directors is truly unique. Pascal and Lionel are incredibly inspiring and agile, and we couldn’t possibly be more Wait until we get started.”
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The company’s products include Cottonwood Media, We Make, Cheyenne Federation, Mercer Productions and Empreinte Digitale in France, Los Angeles-based Empreinte Digitale, Entertainment Federation of America, Picture Perfect FederationTV and Animal Federation, and Fabula Pictures in Rome. Fedent Espana and the Tel Aviv Drama Team.
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