Paris-based Federation Entertainment has taken a majority stake in the production company Robin & Co, marking the merger of two major French independents.
Federation was founded in 2013, and is headed by Pascal Breton (pictured left) and co-directed by Lionel Uzan. The company is a global creator, producer, financier and distributor of original productions for broadcasters and platforms, and was the first prodco to work with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in Europe.
Robin & Co launched in 1998 by founder Jean-Yves Robin (pictured right), and has been co-directed by Laetitia Recayte since 2020, producing documentaries and dramas for major networks and platforms. Subsidiaries include Calt Production, Calt Studio (headed by Xavier Matthieu), Calt Story (run by Hervé Bellech), Hope Production (in association with Yann Arthus Bertrand), Monkey Pack Film (headed by Marc Stanimirovic) and Robin Production (headed by Marion Gendron Durand).
“Almost 24 years after the creation of Robin & Co, I wanted to give a new impetus to the group by approaching an industry partner who understands where we come from and our way of working, namely through a very strong relationship with our talents,” said Jean-Yves Robin, president of Robin & Co in a release. “The project that Pascal has built with his team is a perfect fit and I felt the obvious complementarities between our two groups, both artistically and in terms of business.”
Added Federation’s Pascal Breton of the acquisition: “Our association can offer them even more outlets on channels, platforms, the international market and all the derivative markets born of the digital revolution that we are exploring.”