Michael Carrington is taking the helm of newly formed Zodiak Kids Studios as CEO.
Consisting of Zodiak’s production companies Marathon Media, Tele Images Productions and The Foundation, the brand-new Zodiak Kids Studios is an umbrella brand, which will encompass all of the company’s productions in the UK and France.
In his newly created role, Carrington will oversee all operations of Zodiak Kids Studios. Filling out the exec team are Marathon Media’s chief creative officer Eryk Casemiro, who becomes chief creative officer of the new entity, Gwen Hughes as MD of Zodiak Kids Studios for the UK, and Benoit Runel as MD of Zodiak Kids Studios for France.
As chief creative, Casemiro will now head up development teams across both territories. Hughes and Runel, meanwhile, step into their new roles from previous posts as MD for The Foundation and MD of Zodiak Kids for France, respectively.
The new Zodiak Kids Studios will sit alongside existing Zodiak Kids distribution and consumer products divisions.
According to Zodiak Kids CEO Jean-Philippe Randisi, who joined the company last year, the plan is to combine Zodiak’s creative and production talents across Paris and London to create a single pipeline of Zodiak Kids properties that will have global appeal.
Carrington joined The Foundation last year from HIT Entertainment, where he was VP of global content and executive producer. His appointment followed an executive shuffle last April that saw Nigel Pickard, CEO of Zodiak UK Kids, step down, with Randisi taking the lead in June.
Zodiak Kids current productions include upcoming Sprout US series Floogals, new CBBC drama Millie Inbetween and Get Blake!, the slapstick animated series launched on Nickelodeon this spring.