Paul Robinson (pictured, left) has resigned as CEO of Spain-based global kids and family distribution company Imira Entertainment. Moving forward, Robinson will serve as strategic consultant and advisor for Toonz Media Group and will report to Toonz CEO P. Jayakumar.
A former senior exec with Disney (where he served as SVP and MD from 1998 to 2004) and NBCUniversal (where he was co-founder and CEO of KidsCo TV from 2005 to 2011), Robinson will continue to head the Canal Clan International joint venture with RTVE, Malish TV Russia and other global platform initiatives for Toonz. He took over as Imira’s interim CEO after Sergi Reitg stepped down in December 2017.
Alongside the news of Robinson’s resignation, Toonz announced the appointment of Carlos Biern (pictured, right) as president of animation productions and co-productions. Biern, along with his executive team, will take over Imira’s operational matters and responsibilities and will oversee all international productions and co-productions for Toonz and its companies.
Biern is the president of the Spanish Federation of Animation Producers, and previously served as CEO of Spanish animation studio BRB Internacional.
India-based Toonz acquired Imira in 2014. Last year, Toonz entered into a co-pro agreement with Korea-based Neon Creation and Malaysian prodco Backbone Entertainment for Chi-Chi: The Apprentice Sorceress, a 52 x 11-minute CGI comedy-fantasy. Imira, meanwhile, inked a deal to distribute and co-produce the 52 x 12-minute CGI comedy series Mondo Yan.