Xilam Animation Announces New Senior Executive Promotions

Award-winning manufacturing studio Xilam Animation (Oggy and the Cockroaches, Zig & Sharko) has introduced the promotions of Cécile Hergaux-Essame to Common Supervisor of the Xilam Group’s subsidiary, Dice Inventive; Caterina Gonnelli-Linden to Chief Content material Officer (CCO); and Guillaume Jallot to Chief Technical Officer (CTO).

Hergaux-Essame, beforehand Manufacturing Supervisor at Dice Inventive, was promoted following the departure of Dice Inventive founders Lionel Fages and Majid Loukil. In her new place as Common Supervisor, she is going to supervise present productions and develop new properties for the corporate, in addition to safe premium initiatives from third events. Hergaux-Essame will report back to Marc du Pontavice, President of Xilam and Dice Inventive. 

After graduating Gobelins (LGPA) Hergaux-Essame began her profession engaged on internationally recognised packages such because the animated collection Completely Spies, earlier than becoming a member of Dice Inventive in 2014 as Director of Productions.  She then grew to become Studio Director, overseeing each internally produced initiatives, comparable to Kaeloo, Athleticus, Tangranimals, Pfffirates, in addition to third-party titles together with Mush-Mush for La Cabane and Brawl Stars for Supercell.

Gonnelli-Linden joined Xilam in 2020 as Head of Editorial, with a purpose of steering the persevering with development of Xilam’s portfolio. She now takes on the position of CCO for the newly created content material division, which is able to deliver collectively a number of departments: literary improvement, graphic improvement and the administration of editorial supervisors. Gonnelli-Linden will oversee sourcing of all of Xilam Group’s content material, together with editorial supervision of each improvement and manufacturing, and she or he function first level of contact for the group’s shoppers throughout these companies. She may even report back to du Pontavice.

Previous to Xilam, Gonnelli-Linden held quite a few positions, together with Director of Improvement and Line Producer at varied unbiased French manufacturing firms. In 2012, she joined The Walt Disney Firm, the place she managed acquisitions and co-productions for the French market, earlier than extending her remit to incorporate pre-buy and co-productions in EMEA for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, and figuring out and negotiating content material developed by third occasion producers.

Jallot joined Xilam in 2019 and has since boosted the corporate’s use of 3D animation know-how, most notably with the event of Oggy Oggy and Karate Sheep. In his new position of CTO, Jallot leads a newly shaped division which brings collectively the R&D, IT and technical departments. He’ll handle the group’s technological investments and technique, with the purpose of providing Xilam’s expertise the best and ergonomic instruments to drive innovation at every stage of manufacturing. He’ll report back to Dorothée Lanchier, COO of the Xilam Group.

A DNSEP graduate from the Beaux-Arts d’Angers, Jallot started his profession as a 3D animator and has since held quite a few positions in animation manufacturing. After 5 years as technical director at Moonscoop, he managed the Ellipses studio in Angoulême for 2 years earlier than becoming a member of Xilam to guide the event of 3D manufacturing experience on the firm’s Angoulême website.

“By way of these three very well-deserved promotions, we’re structuring our organisation and positioning ourselves to reply creatively and reliably to the evolving calls for of main digital platforms,” stated du Pontavice. “We’re happy to entrust these obligations to those extremely proficient executives who’ve already confirmed themselves inside the group over the previous few years.” 

Supply: Xilam Animation

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