How France is leading the world on streamer regulation

France has been at the forefront of regulating domestic content investment from global streamers such as Netflix and Amazon, with countries around the world watching developments closely. Marie-Agnès Bruneau reports on what the changes mean After a drawn-out process, the French government has finalised a new regulatory framework that will implement the European Audiovisual Media […]

Diversity in TV must start early

While representation in kids’ TV has increased in recent years, it’s still got a long way to go before it becomes mainstream. Ann-Marie Corvin reports From Sesame Street to Dora, there’s a perception that kids TV leads the way when it comes to positively championing themes of inclusion and diversity, but statistics suggest otherwise. The […]

Kids round-up: Blue Ant’s ZooMoo launches on Iflix; Xilam taps Superights exec for distribution

Blue Ant Media’s interactive preschool nature channel ZooMoo is launching on iflix this week. Iflix focuses on emerging markets and will make ZooMoo content available in Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. ZooMoo titles Lost!, Animal All Stars, Animal Alphabet, ZooMoo Groove, Got Brains and […]

Xilam raises €22.33m for company expansion

Xilam Animation has secured €22.33 million (£19.72 million) after selling some of its shares to investors. Xilam issued 446, 500 new shares for the lump sum, which accounts for 9.09% of the company’s share capital. Marc du Pontavice, chairman, CEO and founder of Xilam, will retain 54.31% of the voting rights in the company. The […]

Xilam appoints ex-Gaumont exec to Asia Pacific post

Xilam Animation has appointed ex-Gaumont exec Céline Carenco as its new senior vice president of media distribution in Asia Pacific. In this role, Carenco will sell Xilam’s growing library of kids’ and family content to one of its key markets. Carenco brings in more than two decades of experience in distribution. She was most recently […]

Xilam shakes up production department

Xilam has promoted three execs in the production department as it looks to expand its business. Dorothee Lanchier will now become COO, Camille Wiplier will act as deputy COO and Marie-Laurence Turpin as head of development and talent management. The move arrives as Xilam looks to deliver an ambitious target of more than 100 half-hour […]

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 […]

Versailles scoops French export award

Versailles has won the drama award at the TV France International 2017 Export Awards. Industry group TVFI annually awards the best-performing French-originated TV exports with this year’s winners crowned at producers’ association Procirep’s award ceremony for the French Producer of the Year in Paris last night. Banijay Rights and Versailles beat 100% Distribution with Spin […]

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 […]

UYoung brings Xilam series to China

Chinese kids entertainment firm UYoung has secured distribution rights to a number of animated series from French studio Xilam. The deal covers TV and VOD rights to seasons 2-4 of Oggy and the Cockroaches, preschool series Paprika and wildlife series If I Were an Animal. This marks the first time those shows will enter China, […]