Gaumont hires Univision’s Christian Gabela for int’l co-productions

Gaumont has hired Univision exec Christian Gabela to oversee international co-productions. Gabela, who has been appointed VP of international TV co-production, is to manage and expand the business’s TV distribution and co-production partnerships in key territories internationally, focusing on Latin America. He will report into Vanessa Shapiro, president of worldwide TV distribution and co-production, while […]

Gaumont preps modern Indian ‘King Lear’ adaptation

Narcos studio Gaumont is linking with Brahman Naman producer Dina Dattani to adapt a retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear set in modern-day India.  Released in August 2018, Preti Taneja’s (pictured) novel We That Are Young is a reimagining of the classic tale, which tells the story of a power struggle within a billionaire Indian family dynasty. The novel, which has received widespread critical acclaim, […]

Narcos producer Gaumont adds to distribution and co-pro teams

Gaumont, the producer of Netflix hit Narcos, has added a list of executives to its distribution and co-production teams. Ben Bishop will be added to the newly created position of VP of TV distribution in APAC (Asia, Australia and New Zealand). He will be based in Sydney, Australia and joins from Entertainment One in Australia […]

Gulli greenlights Gaumont’s Bionic Max

French children’s network Gulli has greenlit Gaumont’s animated comedy Bionic Max (pictured). The 52 x 11-minute 2D animated series is targeted at kids aged 6-11 and follows two friends – a bionic guinea pig and a goldfish – and their adventures as express delivery boys in the middle of New York’s Central Park. Bionic Max […]

Gaumont hires ex-Sony exec as animation director

Gaumont has hired former Sony Pictures director Alex Soto to the newly created role of creative director for animation and family. Soto will report to Terry Kalagian, SVP for the group, and will work alongside Kimberly Dennison, VP of creative development in the US office and Gaelle Guiny, VP of creative development in Paris. In […]

Gaumont expands animation & family division with new hire

Gaumont has expanded its animation & family division, promoting Terry Kalagian to SVP, and appointing Kimberly Dennison (right) to the newly created role of VP of creative development in the US office. Dennison joins from Walt Disney TV Animation, where she served as director, development across both original and Disney-branded properties. In her new role […]

Hat Trick hires ex-Gaumont exec for first acquisitions role

Hat Trick International (HTI) has hired former Gaumont exec Hana Zidek as its first acquisitions executive for third party titles. Zidek has been at HTI for 13 months on maternity cover for Sarah Bickley, who is now back in her role as senior sales executive. In this role, Zidek sold scripted series and formats, in […]

Acquired taste: what role does acquisition play in drama?

With original programming more important to networks and services than ever, what role does the acquisition play in drama today? Andy McDonald reports The drama landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. The rise of international SVOD giants like Netflix and Amazon has opened up a world of global taste and helped drive an across-the-board […]

Gaumont hires Miramax exec for senior production role

Narcos producer Gaumont has appointed former Miramax and Shine exec Leslie Belzberg to the position of senior vice president of production. Based in Gaumont’s LA headquarters, Belzberg will handle all facets of day-to-day scripted production for the studio and its projects. She will initially work on Narcos, which is currently in production for season four. […]

Gaumont teams with Julian Lennon on animated series

International studio Gaumont has joined forces with musician, writer, and son of the former rocker John Lennon, Julian Lennon to produce an animated series based on his children’s book Touch the Earth and its upcoming sequel Heal The Earth. The preschool-targeted series will have themes of environmentalism and social issues running through it in “a fun, […]