Federation Entertainment has further expanded its European footprint by moving to Germany with veteran executives Philipp Steffens and Julie Link.
Glisk, a production and talent management company focused on creativity, will focus on creating, producing, financing and distributing high-quality originals through a stable of independent studios.
Scripted and unscripted shows will be aimed at the German domestic market, and the company will also seek to produce international co-productions.
The new company sees Federation Entertainment teaming up with an experienced husband and wife team in Steffens, who recently created and produced TNT Germany The valley, and Link, who has held executive positions at Critical Content, Relativity Television and Splendid Studios.
Around the world in 80 days Producer Federation has grown at a rapid pace over the past year, having partnered with US studio Anonymous Content to launch a joint venture in France, opened up in the US through a new management and Animal Federation production and set up a UK operation run by two former eOne executives. He recently took a majority stake in French independent studio Robin & Co.
“Germany was the last major European country where the Federation had not yet established a solid presence because we were waiting to meet the right partners,” said Pascal Breton, founder and president of the Federation.
“Julie Link and Philipp Steffens are those partners. Julie and Philipp perfectly embody the balance between artistic excellence and an ambition to engage our ever-growing audiences, especially on digital platforms. We hope that our combined strengths will attract even more talent for our management activities and also to develop and co-produce a wide range of independent productions.
Breton added that “the Federation’s contribution to the gaps in development, pre-sales and distribution funding should allow Julie and Philipp and their partners to launch more productions in the years to come and we look forward to working with them”.
Steffens and Link said, “As husband and wife, we have wanted to work together for a long time and the past year has provided us with the perfect environment to make our dream come true.
“We want to be an incubator of great ideas and bring them to light by creating engaging and emotional content that travels the world. We couldn’t ask for a better partner than Federation Entertainment – they have a real understanding of our goals and will be incredibly supportive as we are able to tap into the exceptional talent of the global network of independent studios.
Studio Legal in Berlin and Frieh and Associates in Paris handled the transaction.