Marc du Pontavice

Show of the week: Moka’s Fabulous Adventures

Moka is the highly-anticipated comedy from Xilam Animation, following a young crocodile as he learns to navigate his life as the son of royalty. The 2D animated series follows Moka, the only son of the King of the Savannah, as he decides to explore his vast kingdom accompanied by Cherry, a strong, brave rhinoceros from […]

Xilam staffs up with digital hire

French toon house Xilam Animation has followed up the hire of Morgann Favennec by bringing on a marketing and digital specialist. Nicolas Halftermeyer (pictured) has been drafted in as senior VP of marketing and digital from drone maker Parrot, and will work on strategies that increase Xilam series’ brand recognition and online revenues. He will […]

Favennec exits Superights for Xilam

Superights deputy managing director Morgann Favennec is joining rival French toon house Xilam Animation. She has been appointed executive VP of development and global sales at Paris-based Xilam, and will begin her role on July 3. Favennec had launched Superights in May 2013 after French prodco Superprod hired her from French commercial broadcaster M6 to […]

Xilam seals Oggy deal for Amazon India

Amazon’s recently launched Indian streaming service has snagged exclusive local rights to several titles from French studio Xilam. The deal gives Amazon exclusive SVOD rights to all existing and future seasons of Xilam’s hit slapstick toon Oggy & the Cockroaches. The streaming service also lands Zig & Sharko as part of the deal, as well […]

Xilam restructures sales operation

Oggy and the Cockroaches producer and distributor Xilam has restructured its sales operation to cover specific geographical regions and territories. New recruit Jessica Delahaie as executive VP, media distribution, EMEA and Canada. She joins from Mediatoon Distribution, having previously been at French kids channel Canal J. Xilam has handed Marie-Laure Marchand, who joined the Paris-based […]

New Asian deal for Xilam’s Oggy

Cartoon Network has acquired the new season of slapstick toon series Oggy and the Cockroaches for its Asia-Pac channels. The fifth 78x7mins season will hit the Turner-owned channels in 2017. The popular series is produced and distributed by France-based Xilam, which teamed with Cartoon Network to coproduce season four of Oggy. “Over the past few […]

Alessandri named French toon body chair

Watch Next Media founder Philippe Alessandri has been named chairman of the French Animation Producers’ Association (Syndicat des Producteurs de Films d’Animation [SPFA]). Alessandri succeeds Xilam’s Marc du Pontavice, and will hold the post for the next two years. Samka Productions’ Samuel Kaminka has been named chairman of the SPFA’s Television and New Media Commission, […]