Marc-Antoine d’Halluin

Zodiak poaches strategy boss from NBCU

Zodiak Media has recruited Natasha Mitchell as is vice president of group strategy. She joins from NBCUniversal, and will work on the super-indie’s corporate strategy. Prior to NBCU, Mitchell was in charge of corporate strategy at FremantleMedia, having joined the producer and distributor from Deloitte. At Zodiak, she will be responsible for developing the group’s […]

Signs of the Zodiak

In his first interview since becoming Zodiak Media’s CEO, Marc-Antoine d’Halluin outlines his plan to turn its group of worldwide production companies and studios into a unified confederation, while putting international format development at the heart of the business. Jesse Whittock reports. With an office perched at the summit of a west London business village, […]

CEO exits Zodiak’s Yellow Bird

Anni Faurbye Fernandez is to leave her post as CEO of Zodiak Media’s Swedish prodco Yellow Bird in order to launch her own TV and film production firm. Fernandez has been with Yellow Bird since 2008 and been CEO since January 2012, but is moving on to launch a Denmark-based producer. Zodiak Nordic chief executive […]

Ex-Fox Kids exec to lead Zodiak UK

Rod Henwood, whose has held senior roles at Channel 4 and Fox Kids Europe, is taking the reins at Zodiak Media in the UK, Belgium and Netherlands. These territories had been overseen by Zodiak founder David Frank, who took them on after Joely Fether left in March 2013 before subsequently exiting himself six months later. […]

ITV Studios’ EVP to lead Zodiak Kids

Jean Philippe Randisi has been named as Zodiak Kids’ first CEO. He joins from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, where he was executive VP and director of consumer products. The appointment comes after the departure of long-serving children’s programming chief Nigel Pickard in April. Randisi will be in charge of Zodiak Media’s entire kids’ business, which […]

Nigel Pickard leaves Zodiak

Nigel Pickard is leaving Zodiak Media. Pickard was in charge of kids programming at RDF Media and at Zodiak after it acquired RDF in 2010. He will also step down as chairman of Zodiak-owned kids prodco The Foundation. Zodiak said Pickard will return to programme-making and will “pursue new ventures”. Recent commissions for The Foundation […]

Zodiak hires France CEO

Zodiak Media has hired Gaspard de Chavagnac as CEO of its French operation putting him in charge of production companies including KM, Marathon, GTV, Tele Images, Marathon Media and Mona Lisa. De Chavagnac is the founder of French production company Odena Media and Discovery-backed pay channel Televista. He also worked at premium broadcaster Canal+ as […]

David Michel exits Zodiak’s Marathon

David Michel has followed Vincent Chalvin-Demersay out the door at Zodiak-owned Marathon Media, the company they cofounded 13 years ago. Michel (left) was general manager at Marathon and also held a seat on Zodiak Media’s executive board but is now leaving. Chalvon-Demersay left in November, selling his company shares in Zodiak to company owner De […]

TBI’s 2013 in review – part three

In the third part of a review of 2013, we look at the ever changing face of the industry – is that former rival now your partner in crime in your acquisitions department? TBI runs down all the major comings and goings from the past twelve months.   SURPRISE DEPARTURES AND TOP LEVEL CHANGES David […]

CEO of Zodiak’s Marathon Media exits

Vincent Chalvon-Demersay has left Marathon Media, the French kids producer that is part of Zodiak Media. Zodiak said Chalvon-Demersay left the company a few days ago (November 17) and has sold his small equity stake in Zodiak to its parent company De Agostini. He joined Marathon in 1999 and between January 2012 and September 2013 […]