Cottonwood Media MD, David Michel, is also now at the helm of Paris-based Federation Entertainment’s newly launched Kids and Family distribution division, which has brought Monica Levy on-board as SVP of co-productions and sales.
Levy will be responsible for global sales of all kids and family content produced by Cottonwood Media, which became a subsidiary and production arm of Pascal Breton’s Federation this past June, as well as third-party distribution, collectively managed under the Federation Kids & Family brand. She is bringing more than two decades’ worth of experience to the table, having started her career at Marathon Media in 1995, where she went on to launch many of the group’s signature series, including Totally Spies! When Marathon merged with Zodiak Media, she became VP of international sales for Zodiak Rights.
Levy will report to Michel, who in addition his role at Cottonwood, is a founding partner of Federation, which has primarily produced adult dramas (including Marseille, Netflix’s first original commission in France) before opening up to animation opportunities through its association with Cottonwood.
Michel and Levy will also concentrate on building a select content catalog through third-party acquisitions and co-production partnerships. The company is focusing exclusively on premium content destined for multiplatform media outlets – something Cottonwood’s original series like The Ollie & Moon Show (sold to Sprout and Netflix) and the recently Gulli-commissioned Squish have been designed to accomplish.