Cottonwood Media, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises have joined forced to co-produce PARIS OPERA a live-action, weekly teen drama series.  The ½ hour Young Adult drama features Lena Grisky, a time travelling ballet dancer from 1905 Russia trying to navigate her way through the perils of adolescence in 2015 Paris. 

The high-budget show will be produced at the world-renowned Paris Opera, where the international cast will work with their choreographers making the focal dance aspect of the show thoroughly authentic, and of extremely high standards. The production team so far includes Showrunners Jill Girling & Lori Matter Welch (Creator of Nickelodeon series Ride); Producers Pascal Breton (founder of Cottonwood parent company, Federation Entertainment, and the Producer of Netflix’ first French drama series, Marseilles); and Cottonwood founders Zoe Carrera, Cecile Lauritano and David Michel.

“It’s an honour for us to work with ZDF and ZDF Enterprises on our first international live-action co-production,” comments David Michel, President of Cottonwood Media and Head of Federation Kids and Family. “ZDF have a fantastic history in commissioning the best teen drama series in the last decade, and we look forward to creating yet another quality show.”

With a storyline featuring characters from around the world (the dancers and time collectors are from Canada, India, Germany, France, the UK and US); its globally established creative team; and a production budget to match – PARIS OPERA is poised to deliver some of the most exciting and genuinely international, premium content for teen audiences everywhere. Currently in pre-production, the series is slated to premier on ZDF in 2017.

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About Cottonwood Media

Founded in 2014 by David Michel with partners Zoé Z. Carrera & Cécile Lauritano, Cottonwood Media creates, produces and invests in premium, talent-driven content with a focus on bringing together North American and European audiences, on both linear and non-linear platforms. In 2015 Cottonwood Media partnered with Federation Entertainment to form Kids & Family, a global distribution division which will distribute original content from both companies as well as third party acquisitions. With offices in Los Angeles and Paris, Cottonwood Media currently has four series and one feature film in development. 

About David Michel

With over two decades of television experience producing across children’s programming, Michel most recently served as General Manager at Marathon Media, which he co-founded and subsequently sold to Zodiak Media.  At Marathon, he played a key role in growing the production entity into a leading global company producing family content for both the U.S. & international markets.  While there, he served as co-creator and co-producer of 15 international series, including Get Blake launching this winter on Nickelodeon, Redakai for Cartoon Network as well as the global hit Totally Spies!, which became the #1 rated series in daytime on Cartoon Network for over a year after launch.



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