The French Entertainment Federation has appointed Entertainment One (eOne) president Paulie Williams and written vice president Ariel Gottlieb to lead a new division in the UK.
Williams became Federal UK CEO while Gottlieb was appointed creative director, and they both joined the new venture as partners in the French company.
The division will develop, produce and monetize dramatic content for television and film, with a focus on adding women-led content to the consortium’s roster.
A few 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 underscores the company’s growing ambitions by hiring Williams and Gottlieb. The former developed a host of shows during his time at eOne, including he’s running For HBO and Neil Gaiman never anywhere, It is in an advanced stage of development.
During this time, Gottlieb developed and was a screenwriter The Dublin murders for BBC and Starz, and has also worked on ITV and Hulu sister.
Britton, head of the consortium said: “The UK has always been on our radar, but it has been imperative that we have the right kind of creative talent to guide this new operation. Polly and Ariel are dynamic executives with an impressive track record who will provide exceptional original content to the company, and we are very pleased to welcome them in our “Union” network.
Williams added: “I am delighted to be partnering with the wonderful Ariel on this new project. We both believe Union is a very smart and exciting company. The opportunity to leverage their European networks with great British screenwriters and directors is absolutely unique. Pascal and Lionel are so inspiring and incredibly smart. We couldn’t wait to get started.”
The union was behind the series including DeskAnd in the process of processing And Marseille, While Around the world in 80 days She works for France TV, ZDF and Rai as well as SBS Masterpiece and BBC.
The company’s products include Cottonwood Media, We Make, Cheyenne Federation, Mercer Productions, Empreinte Digitale in France, Entertainment Association of America in Los Angeles, Picture Perfect FederationTV, Animal Federation and Fabula Pictures in Rome. Fedent Espana and the Tel Aviv theater team.
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