Federation launches new operation in the UK led by former eOne executives

The new venture set up by Polly Williams and Arielle Gottlieb will develop, produce and invest in drama content for TV and film.


Polly Williams and Arielle Gottlieb


Federation Entertainment will launch a new operation in the UK led by Polly Williams (Managing Director) and Arielle Gottlieb (Creative Director), who join from eOne as partners with Federation in the new London based company. Polly and Arielle will focus on working with premium drama creators in making ambitious commercial content for a global audience. They are also keen to bring more female led content to the Federation slate.

With a slate of high-profile projects currently in development that will be announced shortly, the new UK venture will develop, produce and invest in drama content for TV and film. They will offer flexibility for creators beyond the traditional in-house production model and will be looking for co-productions, co-financing and distribution opportunities.

As Federation Entertainment continues to expand its operations, the media entity now boasts prodcos across France (Cottonwood Media, We Make, Cheyenne Federation, Mercer Productions,Empreinte Digitale), Los Angeles (Federation Entertainment of America, Picture Perfect FederationTV, Animal Federation), Rome (Fabula Pictures), Madrid (Fedent Espana), Berlin (Cottonwood Media Gmbh), and Tel Aviv (Drama Team).

Pascal Breton, President, Federation Entertainment said: “The UK has always been on our radar, but it was crucial we secured the right kind of creative talent to steer this new operation.  Both Polly and Arielle are dynamic executives with impressive track records who will be able to bring exceptional, original content into the company. We are absolutely delighted to welcome them to our ‘federation’ network.”

Polly Williams added: “I am thrilled to be partnering with the brilliant Arielle in this new venture. We both think Federation is a very smart, exciting company. The opportunity to tap into their European networks with wonderful British writers and directors is very unique. Pascal and Lionel are incredibly inspiring and nimble, and we can’t wait to get going.”

Polly Williams was previously Head of Scripted for eOne where she built a diverse, premium slate with partners in the UK, Europe and the US. Arielle Gottlieb was VP of Scripted, eOne. In recent years, she developed and was the script executive on "Dublin Murders" (BBC, Starz) and script edited "The Sister" (ITV, HULU) for Euston Films.