Xilam Animation has appointed Manya Zhou to the newly created position of Head of Business Development for China.
Manya will be responsible for developing Xilam’s strategy in the region, including managing local linear and digital distribution, licensing and merchandising and potential co-production opportunities. She will also be responsible for forging strategic partnerships and building awareness in the market across Xilam’s IP including Oggy and the Cockroaches, Zig & Sharko, Paprika, Mr Magoo and Moka.
Based in Xilam’s head office in Paris, Manya will report to Morgann Favennec, EVP Global Sales Development, who is “delighted” to welcome her to the team.
“China represents a huge growth opportunity for us and with her wealth of experience and comprehensive knowledge of the market, we’re confident she will play a pivotal role in not only maximising the local potential of our existing IPs, but also forging new partnerships to deepen our presence in the region,” Morgann adds.
Zhou joins from Amuse, a subsidiary of Millimages dedicated to digital production and distribution, where she was Manager of the Asian market and handled co-production, investment and licensing opportunities with Chinese partners. Prior to this, Zhou held roles at Spideo, in addition to the Festival National du Film d'animation and Festival Ciné-Jeune de l'Aisne in France.
“I’m thrilled to join Morgann and the team to further fuel the success that Xilam has achieved in China already,” Manya says. “With its fantastic and rapidly growing slate of animated content, I look forward to building awareness of Xilam’s properties in the region and embarking on this exciting new chapter in the company’s international growth.”