Paris, 9 February 2018 – “Find Me in Paris”, a live-action dance-themed series from Cottonwood Media, has been selected as the first-ever Kids’ World Premiere Screening at MIPTV 2018.
The Global TV and Digital Content Market, MIPTV takes place in Cannes, France from 9-12 April 2018.
“Find Me in Paris” is a premium English-language tween drama centring on Lena, a typical teenage girl attending the Paris Opera Ballet School, the world’s most elite dance institution. But Lena has a secret. She’s a time traveller, accidentally propelled from 1905 into the 21st century by her boyfriend Henri. Lena tries to fit in, juggling high school and rigorous ballet training, while spending time with an underground dance crew.
With a unique mix of ballet, contemporary dance, comedy and drama, “Find Me in Paris” (52×26’) is shot on location in some of the most iconic sites in Paris, including the Opera House itself, with an international cast.
The series is produced by David Michel, Zoé Carrera, and Cécile Lauritano of Cottonwood Media, a division of Federation, and is co-produced by ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, B-FILMS, and the Opera National de Paris, with the support of the European Union Media program. Federation Kids & Family and ZDF Entertainment hold worldwide rights to the series.
The MIPTV World Premiere Screening will take place in the Palais des Festivals on Tuesday 10 April at 6:00pm.
Written and co-executive produced by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch (creators of Nickelodeon’s hit series “Ride”), “Find Me in Paris” stars Jessica Lord, Eubha Akilade, Rory J. Saper, Hannah Dodd, Castle Rock Peters, and Hiran Abeysekera. The series has been widely sold to top broadcasters including NBC Universal Kids (USA), US streaming platform HULU, France Télévisions (France), Disney Channel (France and Italy), ABC (Australia), and VRT (Belgium).
“It is a tremendous honour for ‘Find Me in Paris’ to be selected by Reed MIDEM for its first ever Kids’ World Premiere Screening. This high-profile screening further confirms the status of the series as a genuinely unique show in the tween drama genre,” said David Michel, President, Cottonwood Media and Co-Founder, Federation Entertainment.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Federation Kids & Family for this first Kids’ World Premiere Screening, which will showcase one of the most hotly-anticipated series in the children’s industry. This inaugural Kids’ WPS will be one of the highlights of the Junior@MIPTV programme, focussing particularly this year on live-action series. At a time when series are at centre stage, it is fitting to spotlight series for the younger generation,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Television at Reed MIDEM, which organises MIPTV.
MIPTV 2018 will be a hotspot for the kids’ community, bringing together the leading companies in the kids’ segment and 1,000 or so buyers, who will be in Cannes purchasing shows for youth audiences. MIPTV 2018 will propose to its kids’ community a very comprehensive Junior@MIPTV programme with a strong focus on live-action scripted series, including numerous conference panels, the inaugural Kids’ Live-Action Series Pitch, a Kids’ Live-Action Fresh TV presentation, workshops and matchmaking. Junior@MIPTV will also feature an Animation Coproduction breakfast and a showcase of animation pioneers who have broken through via the digital ecosystem. The prestigious International Emmy® Kids’ Awards ceremony will also take place on the evening of Tuesday 10 April as part of MIPTV.
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About MIPTV – MIPTV (9-12 April 2018, Cannes) is the flagship and leading global TV and digital content market. Each April, over 10,000 professionals from across the international TV and digital entertainment ecosystem connect to launch and discover new content, forge partnerships, negotiate financing and distribution agreements, find co-production opportunities and explore the latest trends.
MIPTV is preceded by the biggest weekend in unscripted content (7-8 April 2018), comprising MIPDoc, the world’s largest screenings library, conference and co-production marketplace for the factual community, and MIPFormats, the discovery showcase for the global formats community.
About Cottonwood Media – A subsidiary of Federation Entertainment, Cottonwood Media was created by David Michel, Zoé Carrera and Cécile Lauritano. With offices in Los Angeles and Paris, the company 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. Cottonwood Media’s widely sold shows include: animated preschool hit The Ollie and Moon Show, sold in 150 countries and recipient of the coveted Common Sense Media Seal; premium live-action ballet series Find Me in Paris, co-produced with ZDF and Opera National de Paris; and Squish, an animated comedy for 6-11-year-olds based on the NYT best-selling books by Jennifer and Matthew Holm, among others. Cottonwood Media is the production arm of Federation Kids & Family, the global family distribution division of Federation Entertainment which distributes original content from both companies as well as third-party acquisitions.
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 specializing 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, animated comedy Squish for 6-11 year olds, daily teen dramas Find Me in Paris and Love, Divina, as well as premium third-party programming.