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Gaumont grows animation sales strategy with new VP

Former France TV Distribution exec Laura Laas is now VP of global animation TV sales at Gaumont, which is ramping up its children's slate this year.
June 7, 2017

As Gaumont continues to grow its kid-skewing development slate, the Parisian prodco has tapped Laura Laas to serve as VP of international animation TV sales.

Laas will focus on selling Gaumont’s animated TV series across EMEA and North America, as well as further partnerships for worldwide co-productions. She will report to Vanessa Shapiro, the company’s president of worldwide TV distribution and co-production, and will also work alongside Gaumont’s animation team led by Nicolas Atlan.

Laas was most recently international sales manager at France TV Distribution, where she was responsible for creating and overseeing global distribution strategies for animated content. Her previous positions also include working at Toei Animation Europe and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Gaumont’s upcoming series include Belle & Sebastian (52 x 11 minutes), a co-production with Canada’s Groupe PVP that’s set to air on ZDF (Germany), M6 (France), Piwi+ (France), Radio Canada (Canada), VRT ( Belgium), RTBF (Belgium) and RTS (Switzerland). There’s also 52 x 11-minute series Furry Wheels, commissioned by France Télévisions and Disney XD, and the 52 x 11-minute Trulli Tales, which is being co-produced by Groupe PVP, Congedo Culturarte and Fandago. That latter is slated to air on Disney Junior EMEA, RAI, Radio Canada and Globosat.


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