Gaumont has named former Amazon Studios exec Michelle Sullivan its new VP and creative executive. Sullivan will source projects to be developed into animated and live-action series for the company’s animation and family slate.
Starting in her new role in August and based in Gaumont’s LA offices, she will report to Terry Kalagian, SVP of creative development, animation and family.
This hire follows two other recent appointments at Gaumont, as the prodco expands its animation and family efforts. Cyril Le Pesant joined as head of animation and family for Gaumont Animation in Paris, while Karen Vermeulen was named SVP of global co-production, financing and business development.
Sullivan joins Gaumont from Amazon Studios, where she served as a development executive overseeing the production of Amazon Kids Originals animated content. Sullivan also previously held kid- and teen-focused positions at National Geographic, AOL and MXG.
Sullivan’s departure from Amazon Studios comes after Aaron Davidson left the company to join WarnerMedia’s SVOD HBO Max as director of animation. In June 2019, Amazon Studios announced it would step away from original content for preschoolers and kids to focus on family co-viewing and content for young adult audiences.