New division will encompass all of its production across the UK and France.

Michael Carrington to head Zodiak’s new Kids Studios

Zodiak Kids has taken the wraps off its new Zodiak Kids Studios, which will encompass all of its production across the UK and France.

It will consist of French production companies Marathon Media and Tele Images Productions and UK-based The Foundation.

Michael Carrington (pictured) – the former controller of CBeebies and chief content officer for Cartoon Network EMEA, and the current CEO of The Foundation – has been appointed CEO to oversee the studios.

Marathon Media’s chief creative officer Eryk Casemiro has been appointed CCO of Zodiak Kids Studios, heading up development teams across both territories. Gwen Hughes has been named MD Zodiak Kids Studios (UK) and Benoit Runel is MD Zodiak Kids (France).

Zodiak Kids Studios will sit alongside existing Zodiak Kids Distribution and Consumer Products.

"In Zodiak Kids Studios we are combining our best creative and production talents across Paris and London to create one single pipeline of Zodiak Kids properties with global appeal and to strengthen our leadership in Europe and beyond," said Jean-Philippe Randisi, CEO of Zodiak Kids. "Michael is the best person on this side of the galaxy to help us achieve that."

Carrington added: "Going forward we will focus our efforts through a single strategy to help us leverage and align the strengths and diversity of all three companies, improving our development and production capability, and working with more collaboration and agility to deliver on Zodiak Kids commitment to creative excellence."

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