Federation Kids and Planeta Junior Kick off Licensing in Italy for FIND ME IN PARIS
(Paris, France, and Milan, Italy, Dec 14, 2018) Federation Kids & Family is proud to announce its licensing partnership in Italy with leading kids entertainment company Planeta Junior, for its premium time-traveling ballet series FIND ME IN PARIS.
Now in its second Season, FIND ME IN PARIS (52 x 26) launched on the Disney Channel Italy in November 2018, alongside a worldwide debut on the most important platforms across the globe including: NBC Universal Kids and HULU (US), Nickelodeon (UK), France Télévisions (France), Disney (France), ZDF (Germany), ABC (Australia), and VRT (Belgium), among others.
Planeta Junior will take on the licensing rights to the series, concentrating on the extraordinary opportunities provided by a tween live action series revolving around music, ballet and modern dance – set against the backdrop of the most iconic opera house, in the most famous city in the world. A first key book deal has already been signed with publishing giant, Mondadori, which will launch in 2019.
“We are thrilled to have a brand of such high standard to work with. The high production budget, on-location filming in Paris and the Opera Garnier, and the world-class choreography, have made this a compelling brand across all categories. We are really proud to work side-by-side with a top entertainment company like Cottonwood” said Simone Fenu, Planeta Junior.
“With major licensing partners in France & Germany already working on a strong merchandise program ranging from books & magazines, to bedding, fashion, toys and stationary, we have no doubt FIND ME IN PARIS will become a hot and fashionable property in Italy. We are delighted to benefit from Planeta Junior’s licensing experience and we’re fully committed to working with the best licensees in the Italian market to build FIND ME IN PARIS into a long term franchise,” added David Michel, Managing Director, Federation Kids & Family.
FIND ME IN PARIS is produced by Federation’s sister company Cottonwood Media with ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, B-FILMS, and the Opera National de Paris. Producers include David Michel, Zoé Carrera Allaix, Cecile Lauritano and Pascal Breton, along with co-executive producer Leila Smith. Written and co-executive produced by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch (creators of Nickelodeon’s hit series “Ride”), the show stars Jessica Lord, Eubha Akilade, Rory J. Saper, Hannah Dodd, Castle Rock Peters, and Hiran Abeysekera.
FIND ME IN PARIS follows the story of Lena Grisky, a time-travelling ballet dancer from 1905 Russia trapped in modern day Paris, and the many dilemmas she faces finding her place between two worlds. Filled with world class ballet, modern dance, music, drama and comedy – all filmed on location in iconic Paris and the National Garnier Opera House, with a production budget unparalleled in the market – FIND ME IN PARIS has already taken the tween genre by storm with worldwide sales and critical acclaim. Recent accolades include the Washington Post’s listing of the series as a top choice for parents to watch with kids, noting, “This international series also features a lot of really impressive dance sequences from the talented cast.” The second season of FIND ME IN PARIS is currently being filmed in Paris.
* * *
About Cottonwood Media
A subsidiary of Federation Entertainment, Cottonwood Media was created by David Michel, Zoé 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 Federation Kids & Family, a global distribution division which distributes 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 Federation Kids & Family
Headed by co-founder David Michel, Federation Kids & Family is a global kids’ content producer and distributor, and a division of Federation Entertainment, a leading global media group specialising in high-end international programming. Federation Kids & Family distributes original content from Federation’s children’s production arm, Cottonwood Media such as animated preschool series The Ollie and Moon Show, Squish and teen drama Paris Opera, as well as premium third party programming.
About Planeta Junior
Planeta Junior, a company within the Grupo Planeta / De Agostini group, is one of Europe’s leading companies providing entertainment for pre-school, children and family audiences. It focuses on producing and distributing animated series and the rights derived from these IP’s. The company has offices in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Eastern Europe. In January 2016, PlanetaJunior joined forces with German company m4e in an alliance focused on co-production, distribution and consumer products, to strengthen business in Northern and Central Europe. Since February 2014, the company has also managed TV rights, licensing & merchandising and promotions for DreamWorks Animation. Planeta Junior continues to invest in its own productions, this year featuring series like Gormiti, Pio Rocks!, Beatrix Girls, Mutant Busters, and Maya the Bee among others.
Find out more at www.planeta-junior.com.
Federation Kids & Family
Tel:+33 (6) 82 57 06 09
Tel: +34 93 492 85 77
Tel: +4478 1140 6366