Xilam Animation announces a new organisational structure for its production division, effective as of 1 January 2022, in order to prepare for market growth in coming years, both in terms of volume and in value, and in particular on platforms.
Dorothée Lanchier, currently chief operating officer, has been appointed to the position of deputy managing director and is now responsible for development and production for the Xilam Group. In this role, she will develop and manage the implementation of the group’s entire creative and production strategy. She will report to CEO Marc du Pontavice.
Jean Cayrol, one of the most prolific creators/directors at Xilam Studio (Chip ‘n’ Dale, Floopaloo, where are you?, Oggy Oggy, Paprika) is appointed as creative director of the group, and will report directly to Marc du Pontavice. He will be responsible for managing all artistic matters (development and production) for kids’ series produced by Xilam. Marc du Pontavice retains direct responsibility for special formats (notably those unrelated to kids) and feature films.
Cécile Hergaux-Essame, currently head of the Cube Creative studio, a subsidiary of Xilam, has been appointed as 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 Lanchier.
Valentin Moriceau, currently head of R&D of the Cube Creative studio, has been appointed R&D Executive VP 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 Lanchier.
With these new appointments and promotions, which follow the recent strengthening of the company’s finance department, Xilam now has a structure that is both highly qualified and very experienced, enabling it to effectively manage its business growth and meet market demand.