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'Find Me in Paris' to Twirl onto Nickelodeon UK

Nickelodeon UK & Ireland has announced the exciting news in their 2018 Summer Sizzle Reel that Nickelodeon UK & Ireland will start to premiere and show the hit drama series Find Me in Paris later this summer!


Find Me in Paris is a live-action dance-themed tween drama centering on Lena Grisky, a typical teenage girl attending the Paris Opera Ballet School, the most elite dance institution in the world. But Lena has a secret. She’s a time traveler, accidentally propelled from 1905 into the 21st century by her boyfriend Henri. Stuck in the past, Henri does everything he can to find a way to bring her home. Meanwhile, Lena tries to fit in, juggling high school and rigorous ballet training. She even becomes a member of an elite underground dance crew, the BLOK, all while trying to keep her secret. With a unique mix of ballet, contemporary dance, comedy and drama, Find Me in Paris (52×26’) is a high-end dramedy shot on location in some of the most iconic sites in Paris with a stellar international cast.

The series is produced by David Michel, President, Cottonwood Media and Co-Founder of Federation Entertainment, 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.

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 (The Next Step, Descendants) as Lena Grisky, Eubha Akilade (Clique, Eve) as Ines Lebreton, Rory J. Saper (The Legend of Tarzan) as Max Alvarez, Hannah Dodd (face of Burberry with Romeo Beckham in 2014) as Thea Raphael, Castle Rock Peters (Make It Pop) as Jeff Chase, Hiran Abeysekera (star of Royal Shakespeare Company productions) as Dash Khan, and Christy O’Donnell (Moon Dogs) as Henri Duquet.


Actors were selected as much for their acting experience as dancing abilities. They will be doubled in some dance performances by members of the Opera Ballet School, where Find Me in Paris is shot, the first time a youth series has done that in decades.

“We wanted people who could act very well and had enough experience in dance so that we could train or double them with some of the best dancers in the world,” said Michel, adding: “Most of the cast have one or two significant acting experiences for a very good reason that they’re young. Some of them have huge star potential, however, and we look forward to shooting with them.”

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). ZDF will air the show in Germany. FranceTV Distribution was tapped late last year as the French licensing agent for the half-hour show. Season one reportedly had a US$11.7-million production budget. The series is distributed by Federation Kids & Family around the globe, excluding Germany, GST and Scandinavia, where sales are handled by ZDFE.

Find Me in Paris recently had the honour of being selected as the first-ever Kids’ World Premiere Screening at MIPTV 2018 in April 2018.

“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 Michel.

“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.

Following the success of it's first season, Find Me in Paris was recently renewed for season two. The sophomore season of Find Me in Paris sees Ronan and Robert Burke joining Matt Bloom on the directorial team. The 26×30-minute new installment will be in production for 20 weeks.

France Télévisions and Disney in France and Italy have signed up for season two, which is being penned and co-executive produced by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch, with Leila Smith serving as executive producer.

“We are very excited to start shooting 26 new episodes, allowing us to offer an impressive 52 episodes of this critically acclaimed series to our clients,” noted David Michel, the managing director of Federation Kids & Family and president of Cottonwood Media. “We welcome the new super-talented British directors and cast who have helped make Find Me in Paris an international star.”

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Additional sources: Variety, TVKIDS, Kidscreen, IMDb, cottonwood.tv.
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