Pascal Breton’s Paris-based Federation Entertainment has acquired a 51% stake in Fabula Pictures, Nicola and Marco de Angelis’s leading Italian production company.
Founded 5 years ago by Nicola and Marco de Angelis, the Rome-based company boasts a strong track record in TV and in film. Their latest project, “Baby,” which is Netflix’s second Italian-language original series, will bow on Nov. 30.
Written by a pool of up-an-coming authors, “Baby” was inspired by the 2014 prostitution scandal which involved upper-class Italian schoolgirls and powerful men in Rome.
Simona Rapino, who has worked at a major investment company in Paris for eight years, has just been appointed COO of Fabula. Rapino will now be in charge of sustaining Fabula’s growth and sprearheading two international co-productions which are currently being co-developped with Rai and Mediaset.
“Nicola and Marco have quickly grown into one of Italy’s top producers of premium series, both for Italian broadcasters and digital platforms, and they have taken their place among the new and dynamic generation of creators of Italian series aimed at the global market,” said Pascal Breton, CEO Federation Entertainment.
“Federation has already developed strong ties with Italian broadcasters and producers, as well as provided several series to global platforms,” said Breton, adding that he loves “Italy and its culture.” The executive said Federation will give Fabula “the means to speed up its development and capacity to create and finance major international series.”
De Angelis, co-CEO Fabula Pictures, said the two companies share the same ‘vision of the market, creative demand and our appetite for innovation.” He added that the banner’s goal was to become “independent global studio in Italy, like Federation in France.”