Xilam names Caterina Gonnelli EVP, Content

Disney’s former Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for EMEA joins the French studio this month to oversee editorial decisions and further develop its content slate

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 08.01.2020 | Watch

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Caterina Gonnelli has joined Xilam Animation as EVP, Content, teaming with current EVP, Content Jean Brune to oversee the studio’s rapidly growing slate of projects.

Formerly Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Disney Channels EMEA, Caterina joins Xilam;s Paris office on 13 January, reporting to CEO Marc du Pontavice. She is charged with overseeing all editorial aspects of Xilam’s content and will look to further increase the company’s content line-up.

“We are thrilled to add such a remarkable talent to Xilam’s top executives,” says Marc du Pontavice. “Caterina has built a very strong profile over the years from development to production, from acquisition to programming, at one of the world’s most prominent kids’ studios. Such invaluable expertise will boost Xilam’s response to a very fast-growing market towards premium kids’ content.”

Caterina joins from The Walt Disney Company, which she joined in 2012 with an initial remit focused on local acquisitions and productions for the French market. Her role expanded over the years to include multi-territory pre-buys and co-productions across the EMEA region for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. 

Prior to that, she held positions including Development Executive and Creative Producer at independent French production companies.

Caterina says: “Xilam Animation has established an impressive, diverse and engaging slate of projects for kids and their families. I’m thrilled to be joining Marc and the team at this exciting time of growth as the company gears up for major new series launches, including Oggy Oggy for Netflix, and to continue shaping the company’s vision and content offering.”


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