Xilam Animation, the French animation indie behind Oggy And The Cockroaches, is restructuring its production division with several new senior promotions and appointments.
The Paris-based production and distribution firm said it is making these changes as part of its growth strategy and includes the promotion of COO Dorothée Lanchier to the role of deputy managing director.
Reporting to CEO Marc du Pontavice, Lanchier is now responsible for development and production for the Xilam Group and will develop and manage the implementation of the group’s entire creative and production strategy.
Jean Cayrol, the creator and director behind Xilam shows such as Chip ‘n’ Dale, Oggy Oggy and Paprika has been appointed as creative director of the group and will also report directly to Marc du Pontavice.
He will be responsible for managing all artistic matters – across development and production – for kids’ series produced by Xilam. Marc du Pontavice retains direct responsibility for special formats and feature films.
Cécile Hergaux-Essame, who is currently head of the Cube Creative studio, a subsidiary of Xilam, has been appointed EVP to oversee all Xilam Group’s studios and to lead the supervising and coordinating of all the group’s production resources. She will report to Dorothée Lanchier.
Valentin Moriceau, who currently serves as head of R&D of the Cube Creative studio, has been appointed R&D EVP of the Xilam Group and will head up the research and technical development department. He will roll out the group’s visual innovation strategy by coordinating all the studios’ technical teams. He will also report to Dorothée Lanchier.