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Zodiak rebrands and makes key hires

In its efforts to strengthen development and maintain its position as a top independent content group, Zodiak Media Group is rebranding as Zodiak Media and has announced new corporate appointments.
January 24, 2012

In its efforts to strengthen development and maintain its position as a top independent content group, Zodiak Media Group is rebranding as Zodiak Media and has announced new corporate appointments.

Vincent Chalvon Demersay, who will remain the CEO of Zodiak’s Marathon Media, has been named chief strategy officer for Zodiak Media reporting to group CEO David Frank.

David Michel is now SVP of group marketing for Zodiak Media, and remains GM of Marathon Media. Valérie Tailland is promoted to director of group communication, and maintains her role as head of communication for Zodiak France. Demersay, Michel and Tailland are all based in Paris.

In addition to the rebranding and hires, Zodiak Rights, the international division of Zodiak Media, has hired Nicola Herrmann (pictured) in the new position of head of brand marketing. Herrmann will report to Jennifer Lawlor, SVP strategy and planning, consumer products, for Zodiak Rights. As part of her responsibilities, Herrmann will manage marketing activities for all of the children’s properties in Zodiak Rights’ (London) portfolio, as well as support licensees, broadcasters, retail and promotional partners.

Herrmann was previously the director, international brand management EMEA, at Viacom International Media Networks, where she helped grow the consumer products programs for IPs including SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.

Former Chorion licensing exec EMEA Gabrielle Langdorf has also been appointed as international agents manager for Zodiak Rights and will be responsible for managing Zodiak Rights’ agents worldwide.

Langdorf will report to Jane Kennedy, head of sales and consumer products for Zodiak Rights and will work across brands including Waybuloo, Mister Maker, Little Princess, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Simon’s Cat, Mr. Bean and Being Human.

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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