Spin Master exec Alex Soto joins Gaumont as firm expands Animation & Family arm

Gaumont’s animation and family division is continuing its expansion efforts with the appointment of Alex Soto to the newly created role of creative director.

Soto will report to Terry Kalagian, SVP for the group and will work alongside Kimberley Dennison, VP of creative development in the US office and Gaelle Guiny, VP of creative development in Paris.

In the new role, Soto will be responsible for the creative vision of Gaumont’s series, building the creative teams for each project in development. Current projects include Stan Sakai’s comic book series Usagi Yojimbo; Touch the Earth and Heal the Earth from New York Times bestselling children’s book authors Julian Lennon and Bart Davis.

Further projects are Molly and the Cryptos with France Television; Bionic Max with Gulli, The Star Shards Chronicls and The Mice Templar.

Soto most recently served as executive of creative development for Spin Master Entertainment, overseeing Super Dinosaur for Skybound Entertainment and collaborating in the rebrand of Bakugan.

Prior, he served for two years in a directing role at Sony Pictures Animation.

“Alex is a creative force in the world of animation, his amazing vision has helped bring to life some of the most successful animated series of the past two decades,” said Nicolas Atlan, president of animation and family for Gaumont.

“He creates from the heart and that in and of itself is priceless. We are thrilled to have him join the expanding animation and family team, one that we believe truly brings together the best of the best in the industry.”

Among Soto’s portfolio of animation projects are the likes of Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Ben 10, Teen Titans, Men in Black, Starship troopers and Max Steel.

Soto said: “The projects that the animation and family team have been working on are incredibly unique, engaging and fun. Nicolas, Terry and their team have a development slate like no other – working across television and film, new characters will be introduced that are captivating, bright and refreshing.

“The slate transcends demographics and delivers premium entertainment to children and adults. To be able to join this awesome team while so many exciting projects are already in motion is a game changer and I can’t wait to to get started.”

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