Monday, September 17, 2018

'Find Me in Paris' to Twirl onto Nickelodeon UK on Monday 17th September 2018

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 soon!


Update (11/9): To celebrate the premiere of Find Me in Paris, Nickelodeon UK & Ireland has digitally premiered the first episode of their all-new show, which fans can watch in full online at nick.co.uk/paris!


Update (27/8): Nickelodeon UK & Ireland will premiere Find Me in Paris on Monday 17th September 2018, launching with double episodes airing at at 6:30pm and 7:00pm! Following launch, Nick will continue to premiere brand-new episodes of Find Me in Paris weekday evenings at 6:30pm. Each all-new episode will have a same day encore at 9:00pm.

Update (21/8): Nick UK has announced in their brand-new Find Me in Paris teaser trailer that Nickelodeon UK & Ireland will start to premiere and show the hit drama series during Autumn 2018!

Update (27/8): To celebrate the premiere of Find Me in Paris, Nickelodeon UK & Ireland has launched the networks official Find Me in Paris show website at nick.co.uk/paris, where fans can find out more about Find Me in Paris and the characters featured in the show: Lena Grisky, Ines Le Breton, The Time Collectors (Max Alvarez), Henri Duquet, Thea Raphael, Max Alvarez, Dash Khan and Jeff Chase, plus watch a exclusive video clip of the show's opening theme tune, and take the poll: "Which Find Me In Paris Character Are You?"


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.

Below is a list of currently announced brand-new episodes of Find Me in Paris set to debut on Nick UK & Eire in September 2018:

Monday 17th September 2018 at 6:30pm - Find Me in Paris: When Princess Lena Grisky accidentally travels from 1905 to modern day, she must use her ballet training to land a spot at the Paris Opera Ballet School to keep her cover.

Monday 17th September 2018 at 7:00pm - Rooftop Hip-Hop: Lena must pass as a modern day teen if she is to remain hidden from the dangerous Time Collectors.

Tuesday 18th September 2018 at 6:30pm - Together Again: Victor leaves Lena behind in modern day in an effort to trap the advancing Time Collectors, but Henri has his own plan for saving Lena - one with unforeseen consequences.

Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 6:30pm - Just Dance: With Victor and Henri trapped in different years, Lena must settle into her new life filled with heavy workloads, modern ballet techniques, and new dance partners.

Thursday 20th September 2018 at 6:30pm - Pineapple Therapy: Desperate to fit into her new surroundings, Lena talks another student into taking her on a day trip, but as the day goes on Lena gets easily distracted.

Friday 21st September 2018 at 6:30pm - Battle of the Tutus: Lena's super excited to be a "Little Mother" to one of the younger students, but soon realizes that she'll have to go head-to-head with Thea to compete for the spot.

Monday 24th September 2018 at 6:30pm - Curse of the Fairy: A scene study about a love triangle hits home when, Lena is cast as the ethereal sprite and love interest to Max, leaving Thea seething as the downtrodden wife.

Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 6:30pm - Twirls, Spins and Dobles: When Lena follows Max to his aunt's modest home, she is unprepared for his loud and nosey family.

Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 6:30pm - Faux Besties: The girls' class has a ballet team competition and this time Thea, Ines, and Lena are on the same team - but opposing views cause a rift between Lena and Ines.

Thursday 27th September 2018 at 6:30pm - A Pain in the Bun: It's auditions for the mid-season show and Lena's sure she's going to nail it, until she gets paired with Jeff, a talented but undisciplined dancer.

Friday 28th September 2018 at 6:30pm - What Happens Under the Garner....: With the completion of the port-a-portal, the Time Collectors make their way to 2018 to grab Lena and the timepiece.

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.”

Update (17/9) - Below is ZDF Enterprises' official press release announcing the exciting news!:

ZDF Enterprises Announces Sale of Cottonwood Media’s FIND ME IN PARIS to Nickelodeon UK


Mainz, Germany, Sept. 17, 2018

ZDF Enterprises is delighted to announce the sale of Cottonwood Media’s hit tween drama series FIND ME IN PARIS (26 x 26’) to Nickelodeon UK with its debut broadcast set for September 17th.

Louise Bucknole, VP Programming, VIMN Kids, UK & Ireland says “Find Me in Paris is the perfect fit for Nickelodeon UK with drama, mystery, dance and love triangles with plenty of comedy. It looks stunning! We’re thrilled to work with ZDF and Cottonwood Media on such a brilliant series and look forward to bringing this to our viewers as a real highlight.”

Peter Lang, VP ZDFE.junior, ZDF Enterprises: "We are pleased that Find me in Paris has found its UK home at Nickelodeon, where it will certainly wow their audience and build a big fan base quickly. It is great to see how this wonderful series appeals to kids all over the world. We are very proud to be part of this incredible and continuing success story."

FIND ME IN PARIS will launch on Nickelodeon UK on September 17 with an up-and-coming cast and stellar creative team certain to attract UK audiences in droves, including: British actors: Jessica Lord (CBBC’s The Next Step), Hannah Dodd (Harlots), Eubha Akilade (Eve, Clique), Rory Saper (The Legend of Tarzan) and Canadian actor Castle Rock (The Descendants 2); British director Matt Bloom, best known for his 2018 International Emmy Award and BAFTA nomination for hit series HANK ZIPZER, and Irish directing duo Ronan and Robert Burke (TV3's hit show ED ROCK, Netflix' show FREE REIN).

FIND ME IN PARIS follows the story of Lena Grisky, a time-travelling ballet dancer from 1905 Russia trapped in modern day Paris, and the many dilemmas she faces finding her place between two worlds. Filled with world class ballet, modern dance, music, drama and comedy - all filmed on location in iconic Paris and the National Garnier Opera House, with a production budget unparalleled in the market - FIND ME IN PARIS has already taken the tween genre by storm with worldwide sales and critical acclaim. Recent accolades include the Washington Post’s listing of the series as a top choice for parents to watch with kids, noting, “This international series also features a lot of really impressive dance sequences from the talented cast.” The second season of FIND ME IN PARIS is currently being filmed in Paris.

FIND ME IN PARIS has now been sold in every major English speaking market (Nick UK, Hulu and NBC Universal US, ABC Australia), and every key European market (France TV, ZDF (Germany), Disney (Italy, France), VRT Belgium), with France tv distribution kicking off its global licensing ambitions with a slew of recently announced French deals in key categories across publishing, stationary, homewares, apparel, toys and footwear.

Written and co-executive produced by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch (creators of Nickelodeon’s RIDE), and Executive Producer Leila Smith, FIND ME IN PARIS is a co-production between Cottonwood Media (David Michel, Zoé Carrera Allaix, Cecile Lauritano), ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, and the National Opera of Paris. Distribution is handled by ZDF Enterprises (German speaking territories, UK, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe) and Federations Kids & Family (ROW).

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About Nickelodeon

Available in over 13 million homes, Nickelodeon is the place where kids rule and features top shows such as Kids’ Choice Awards, Henry Danger, Game Shakers, SpongeBob SquarePants and Knight Squad. Launched in 1993, Nickelodeon brings hit international and locally-produced entertainment content to audiences in the UK and Ireland. Viewers can also watch Nickelodeon in high definition through Nickelodeon HD and have the opportunity to catch up with the schedule through Nickelodeon +1. Exclusive games, behind the scenes clips, show information and more are available on nick.co.uk Nick Play where viewers can find exclusive content updated daily. Viewers can watch Nickelodeon on Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk, BT Vision, YouView, VUTV on Freeview and on UPC in the Republic of Ireland.

The Nickelodeon Network brings the best in kids’ content to the UK and Ireland with Nickelodeon channels available in over 13 million cable and satellite homes. Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families, and is a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks and BSkyB.

About ZDF Enterprises

ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

About Cottonwood Media

A subsidiary of Federation Entertainment, Cottonwood Media was created by David Michel, Zoé Carrera & Cécile Lauritano, Cottonwood Media 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. In 2015 Cottonwood Media partnered with Federation Entertainment to form Federation Kids & Family, a global distribution division which distributes original content from both companies as well as third party acquisitions. With offices in Los Angeles and Paris, Cottonwood Media currently has four series and one feature film in development.

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From the Glasgow Evening News:

Glasgow star of hit new Nickelodeon series teases fans with sneak preview


Glasgow star of hit new Nickelodeon series Find Me in Paris teases fans with sneak preview

A GLASGOW actor is to take centre stage for a new teen drama set to arrive in the UK soon.

Christy O'Donnell has lent his acting talents and his singing voice to the new Nickelodeon series Find Me in Paris.

Christy, whose song Feel accompanies a new teaser trailer for the show, plays the part of Henri Duquet.

The show follows the character of Lena Grisky, Henri's girfriend, a teenage ballet dancer attending the Paris Opera Ballet School.

However, what Henri doesn't know is Lena hiding a massive secret - she's a time-traveller - who is accidentally catapulted into the 21st century by the Glaswegian's character.

Fans will have a chance the new series when it airs on September 17.



However, the actor provided fans with a sneak preview of the show and his song on Facebook.

Accompanying the short clip, Christy wrote: "Such a cool proud moment for me, the new trailer snippet from @nickelodeonuk featuring my original song ‘Feel’ to be released as part of the Soundtrack for season 1 very soon!"

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Also, via Express.co.uk:

It's tough... but you'll Find Me In Paris for six months


Eubha Akilade landed the part of Ines in the multi-million pound production of Find Me In Paris (Image: TWITTER)

THE Scots star of a hit teen drama to be screened in the UK from later this month said filming the first season was tough because she’d never spent such a long time away from home. Eubha Akilade landed the part of Ines in the multi-million pound production of Find Me In Paris last year and was given just a fortnight’s notice to pack her bags for six months of filming in the French capital.

The 20-year-old, who hails from Glasgow, insisted she wasn’t even nervous about the move because she’d no experience of staying away from her mum and siblings for longer than seven days.

With filming for the second season about to start, Ms Akilade, who won a role alongside Jane Asher in the CBBC series Eve in her first ever audition, credited her previous experience for bagging the role in the ballet-dancing time-travel drama.

But she admitted the job came with its challenges and said: “Eve was only for three months each year and I did three seasons of it. So doing something for six months is challenging, but I’m so glad, so honoured to have that work because the career path is so unpredictable.

“The pressure that comes with it can be quite difficult. It’s a programme with a lot of money invested in it so you want to do the very best you can and that can put you under a bit of a strain. But you’ve also the best people around you, trying to make things easier.”

Miss Akilade, who has also featured in a BBC3 drama called Clique, had started studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland when the call for Find Me In Paris came.

She said she is incredibly close to her mother, Christine, a Macmillan cancer nurse and her brother and sister so leaving them behind was always going to be tough.

However, she added: “Quite often when you are about to get a role the build up is quite long. It can be up to six months going back to auditions with tapes being sent to different people in the production company.

“But this was very quick. We did not expect it at all.

“Within two weeks of the audition I found out that I’d got the part and that I was flying to Paris for the next six months two weeks later.



“My mum was so overwhelmed she went to George Square and had a croissant because she was like, ‘Oh my goodness, she’s going to Paris, what am I going to do?’. The longest I’d been away from home at that point was a week all at once.

“It was very hectic but the best thing that could have happened.”

The series, which has already screened in the USA, Australia, Belgium and France, will hit British screens on Nickelodeon UK from September 17.

It centres on Lena Grisky, played by Jessica Lord, a time-traveller accidentally propelled from 1905 to 2018 and the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet School, where she meets Ms Akilade's character, Ines Lebreton.

Among the cast is another Glaswegian, Christy O’Donnell, who was down to his last 20p and about to swap show business for the Army when he secured the role of Henri Duquet - Lena’s boyfriend.

The young, talented cast, has been through hours of dance training under the likes of Zack Reece, who has worked with stars such as Janet Jackson and Kelly Rowland.

Ms Akilade said: “So far it has showed in France, Portugal, America… but there’s lot more. I think most places are airing it from September and in Germany at around Christmas time. It’s really strange because my voice has been dubbed in all these different languages. My mum finds it hilarious.

“It is a bit strange because when we were in Paris rehearsing for season two and it had just screened there, we were recognised whenever we went out. It’s actually really lovely.”

*Find Me In Paris starts on Nickelodeon UK on September 17 at 6.30pm

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Also, from The Scottish Sun:

BIG DREAMS Scots rising star Eubha Akilade hopes to follow in Ariana Grande’s footsteps after landing hit Nickelodeon show role

The 20-year-old actress from Glasgow will play a ballet dancer in Find Me In Paris

RISING star Eubha Akilade hopes to hit the high notes like Ariana Grande after starting out on the same TV channel as the US superstar.

The 20-year-old actress is following in the footsteps of her idol after landing a hit Nickelodeon show.


The 20-year-old has big plans for the future

Eubha — pronounced Ava — will be beamed across the globe on her programme Find Me In Paris where she plays a ballet dancer.

This is only her third acting job after she got her big break on CBBC show Eve three years ago.

It’s been a meteoric rise and she’s still in disbelief that she’s starring on the same channel she watched as a kid at home in Cathcart, Glasgow.

Eubha says: “I can’t believe it’s Nickelodeon — I grew up watching these shows. Drake And Josh was my favourite and it’s insane to think I’m on the same channel now.

“It’s bizarre and if I could go back and speak to my younger self I’d never believe this would happen.

“I want to play young characters for as long as I can then move into a slightly older market.

“It’s really motivating to see people that have also come through Nickelodeon like Ariana.

“You watch them and never realise what goes on behind the scenes and all the effort that goes into it. I have a new appreciation for actors and what it takes mentally and physically.”

The show sees Eubha’s character Ines help out pal Lena, played by Jessica Lord, who is a ballet dancer from 1905 who has been transported into the 21st Century through the power of a magical necklace.

She teaches Lena how to adjust to the modern world while also trying to master the art of time travel to get her back to where she belongs.

The show has already been released in most parts of the world and earned rave reviews with industry bible IMDb rating it 8.5 out of ten.

Eubha admits she’s been blown away by her sudden fame.

She says: “It’s gone global. It has aired in America, France and Portugal so far with Italy, Australia, the UK and Germany still to come. I’m excited for it to air in the UK. America was a big one for me and now it’s out that stress is gone. In Paris I got recognised a lot because it had aired there a few months ago so it’s really bizarre.

“I was out having dinner and left the restaurant and had private messages from this girl who had been taking photos of us the whole time but hadn’t come up to say hello.”


Eubha and Jessica in Find Me In Paris. Credit: Christine Tamalet.

The main location for dance scenes is the iconic Parisian Garnier Opera House, the most famous ballet school in the world.

And the actress will only see more of it as the show has been given the green light for a second season.

Eubha says: “The Opera House is the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s so grand and we got to film on the roof where you can see everything.

“When I first stepped on it I burst into tears because filming there was so special and my eyes were so blessed. It’s such an inspiring city to be in, it gives you energy to keep going every day.” Despite only acting for three years, Eubha already has her eyes on a huge showbiz future.

When she joined the cast of Eve at the age of 15, she had never had any training so learned on the job for three seasons.

She had attended the Dance School of Scotland in Knightswood but left to join the CBBC hit.

With so little experience Eubha admits she and mum Christine were gobsmacked when she landed the Find Me In Paris job only two weeks after her first audition.

Now that she’s managed eight hours of dance training every day and coped with a relentless filming schedule, she’s ready to go the next level.

She says: “I would like to try branching into the American network. And I’ve never done a film before so would love that.

“This career can be so unpredictable but there are so many things within this industry and it’s not only acting.

“It’s a great job to have and I’m so happy growing and have taken every opportunity given to me. You never know where you’re going to go next.”

Find Me In Paris airs on Nickelodeon from September 17 at 6.30pm.

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Also, via Variety:

Nickelodeon U.K. Acquires French Tween Drama ‘Find Me in Paris’

Nickelodeon U.K. has acquired “Find Me in Paris,” the popular tween drama series produced by France’s Cottonwood Media and sold by ZDF Enterprises.

Set at the iconic Parisian Garnier Opera House, “Find Me in Paris” will again revolve around Lena Grisky, a time-traveling young dancer and princess poised to become the next young star of the ballet world in 1905. The choreography is by Jean Guillaume Bart, the renowned former star of the Opera of Paris.

The series, which has now been ordered for a second season, is directed by Matt Bloom and the Dublin-born brothers Ronan and Robert Burke (“Red Rock”). “Find Me in Paris” stars several British actors, notably Jessica Lord (“The Next Step”), Hannah Dodd (“Harlots”), Eubha Akilade (“Eve”) and Rory Saper (“The Legend of Tarzan”), as well as Canadian actor Castle Rock (“The Descendants 2”).

“‘Find Me in Paris’ is the perfect fit for Nickelodeon U.K. with drama, mystery, dance and love triangles with plenty of comedy,” said Louise Bucknole, VP of programming at VIMN Kids for U.K. and Ireland. She said Nickelodeon U.K. “will be bringing the series to viewers as a real highlight.” Nickelodeon U.K. will start broadcasting the live-action half-hour series Monday.

“We are pleased that ‘Find Me in Paris’ has found its U.K. home at Nickelodeon, where it will certainly wow their audience and build a big fan base quickly,” added Peter Lang, VP of ZDFE.junior at ZDF Enterprises.

“Find Me in Paris” was written and co-executive produced by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch (creators of Nickelodeon’s “Ride”), and executive produced by Leila Smith. The series is a co-production between Cottonwood Media, ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, and the National Opera of Paris. International sales are being handled by ZDF Enterprises for German-speaking territories, U.K., Benelux, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, and by Federations Kids & Family (ROW).

The first season of the fantasy-filled ballet series was acquired by NBCUniversal (U.S.), Hulu (U.S.), ABC (Australia), as well as VRT (Belgium) and Disney (Italy, France). France TV Distribution will soon be announcing global licensing deals in France across publishing, stationery, homeware, apparel, toys and footwear.

The series’ second season is currently being filmed in Paris.

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Originally published: Friday, July 27, 2018.

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