Kids & Family Head David Michel Appoints Monica Levy SVP, Co-Productions and Sales
(Paris, France, Dec 3, 2015) – Federation Entertainment is delighted to announce the launch of their Kids and Family distribution division and the appointment of Monica Levy as Senior Vice President, Co-Productions and Sales. The expansion is a key part of the long-term distribution strategy of the Paris-based premium content production and distribution company.
In her new role, Levy will be responsible for global sales of all kids and family content produced by Cottonwood Media (a subsidiary and production arm of Federation), as well as third party distribution, collectively distributed under the Federation Kids & Family brand. Levy will report to David Michel who, in addition to being the founder and Managing Director of Cottonwood, is a Founding Partner of Federation, and Head of its Kids and Family division.
Together with Michel, Monica will also concentrate on building a very select, high quality content catalogue through third-party acquisitions and co-production partnerships. As with their original IP’s such as The Ollie & Moon Show and Squish, the company will focus exclusively on premium content destined for top-tier, multiplatform media outlets. The move is part of the group’s long term plans to both control their own shows across a wide range of platforms, and to become the go-to distributor for the best product in the market.
“We are very excited to be building a new Kids & Family outfit with Monica. With first-hand experience of her talent and dedication, I know she will help Cottonwood expand from a production studio to global distributor,” comments David Michel, Founding Partner of both Cottonwood Media and Federation Entertainment, and Head of the Kids & Family division. “And Federation is an ideal partner for this venture since – like Cottonwood – it is a premium drama studio that encompasses financing, development, and distribution – an agile business model adapted for this new media world.”
Monica comes to Cottonwood with 20 years of experience in International TV distribution. Having started her career at Marathon Media in 1995 as a Sales Manager, she made her way into sales at Marathon Group where she played a key role in its growth. She helped successfully launch many of the group’s signature series which grew into worldwide hits, most notably Totally Spies! When Marathon merged into Zodiak Media, she became Vice President of International Sales for Zodiak Rights. Fluent in three languages, Monica has managed TV markets worldwide, across all platforms and multiple genres.
“I am honored to work with David, Pascal and Lionel,” adds Monica Levy. “With the talent, experience and resources of such an accomplished executive group, the possibilities for the new Kids & Family division are tremendous. I look forward to being part of the companies’ exciting plans for development.”
Established in 2014 as a top-tier animation producer of premium global kids content, in 2015 Cottonwood partnered with Federation, a newly created mini studio which also specializes in creating premium content. Cottonwood has two series on its active production slate, both originating as best-selling book series published by Random House Children’s Books: The Ollie & Moon Show has already been sold to Sprout and Netflix, while Squish, an official Cartoon Forum selection, got the greenlight from Gulli. Federation is a high-quality drama producer and has the kudos of being the first French company to produce a series for Netflix.
About Cottonwood Media
Founded in 2014 by David Michel with partners Zoé Z. Carrera & Cécile Lauritano, Cottonwood Media creates, produces and invests in premium, talent-driven content with a focus on bringing together North American and European audiences, on both linear and non-linear platforms. With offices in Los Angeles and Paris, the company currently has four series and one feature film in development.
About David Michel
With over two decades of television experience producing across children’s programming, Michel most recently served as General Manager at Marathon Media, which he co-founded and subsequently sold to Zodiak Media. At Marathon, he played a key role in growing the production entity into a leading global company producing family content for both the U.S. & international markets. While there, he served as co-creator and co-producer of 15 international series, including Get Blake launching this winter on Nickelodeon, Redakai for Cartoon Network as well as the global hit Totally Spies!, which became the #1 rated series in daytime on Cartoon Network for over a year after launch.
About Federation Entertainment
Based in Paris, Federation Entertainment is a fully-integrated television production and distribution studio comprised of exclusive partnerships with highly experienced executives, producers and show runners in global Entertainment. Established by leading French entertainment executive Pascal Breton, the company represents a new model for the creation, production, distribution and marketing of high quality original television series programming for the global marketplace.
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