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Federation taps Zodiak exec for kids launch

Federation Entertainment has recruited kids TV veteran Monica Levy, who will play a key role in a new kids and family division within the business.

Monica LevyPascal Breton set up production and distribution group Federation in late 2014, and subsequently teamed with David Michel by buying into his kids indie prodco Cottonwood.

Breton and Michel are both former senior executives for Zodiak Media companies in France, as is new recruit Levy. She was most recently vice president, international sales, at distribution arm Zodiak Rights.

Levy joins the new Paris-based kids and family unit within Federation, and will handle sales of all of Cottonwood’s content. She will also be selling third-party fare, and all of the content will be sold under the Federation Kids & Family umbrella brand.

Cottonwood currently has The Ollie & Moon Show with Netflix and with Sprout in the US and is developing a slate of new shows.

Levy will report to Michel who will be the head of the new kids division. He said: “We are very excited to be building a new kids and family outfit with Monica. With first-hand experience of her talent and dedication, I know she will help Cottonwood expand from a production studio to global distributor.”

Levy added: “With the talent, experience and resources of such an accomplished executive group, the possibilities for the new kids and family division are tremendous.”