EXCLUSIVE: Big European indie Federation Entertainment is entering the US market by launching a Los Angeles-based management and production company with a trio of senior executives.
Animal Federation will act as a subsidiary of the Parisian group Federation, which has credits including The Office, Bad Banks and the next one Around the world in 80 days with David Tennant.
The offshoot will be led by producers Juan Solá (Extinction, skyline, the commuter) and Nacho Manubens (Money Heist, Gran Hotel, Velvet), alongside Talent Manager Adil Chamakh. Solá and Manubens first entered the Federation fold when they teamed up with the Parisian company to launch the Spain Federation last year.
Animal Federation will have a global perspective connecting the US market and the rest of the world, its management team said. The company is developing original content and adaptations of the Federation’s IP Library for the Latam and US market and seeks to showcase diverse, multi-cut and multilingual talent, they added.
“The producers of the Federation are already involved in the launch of the creations of a large number of European showrunners and directors. We have long wanted to help these talents become global names, including in the fiercely competitive Hollywood market, ”Entertainment Federation president Pascal Breton told Deadline. “Following the example of Nacho and Juan, we had to find the right manager for the job, and Adil Chamakh is the ideal person: his vast experience both in Los Angeles and in major European capitals makes him an ideal person for manage their careers. “
Solá worked alongside director Jaume Collet-Serra (Jungle Cruise, Black Adam) for many years and recently produced the film with Liam Neeson Punishment, which is in post-production. Manubens is responsible for spotlighting the largest Spanish TV channel Atresmedia internationally and has also produced La Templanza, the first original series of Amazon Prime Video in Spain. Earlier this year, Solá and Manubens teamed up to produce the original Netflix film Las Niñas de Cristal with María Pedraza.
Adil Chamakh is an experienced manager of American and international talent, including Australian-American actor Aisha Dee (The daring type) and musician / actor Masego for his film and television projects. He previously started the talent creation company Creative Room.
Animal Federation will have an initial list of clients comprising Love VictorIsabella Ferreira, Italian actress / model Alice Pagani (Netflix’s Babe), and writer / director Lluis Quílez, who is behind the Netflix hit Below zero (Bajocero).
The Federation also has offices in Madrid, Berlin, Rome, London and Tel Aviv.