The rebrand and appointments are part of a wider move by Zodiak Media to strengthen its group operations, communication and strategic planning as well as cement its position as one of the world’s top three independent content groups.
Vincent Chalvon Demersay – who remains CEO of Marathon Media, a Zodiak Media company – is appointed Chief Strategy Officer for the group (a role in which he will work closely with Group COO Jonathan Slow and his team) and in which he will report to Group CEO David Frank. David Michel is appointed Senior Vice-President of Group Marketing, and remains General Manager of Marathon Media. Valérie Tailland is promoted to Director of Group Communication, in addition to her role as Head of Communication for Zodiak France. All three are based in Paris.
These new appointments complement the establishment in London last year of the group’s Creativity & Innovation Unit headed by Cathy Rogers.
Zodiak Media has also recently completed a successful refinancing of all its banking arrangements in local markets to bring control and management of group finance through one international syndicate of banks managed from Paris.
Zodiak Media’s rebranding is supported by a new visual identity already deployed on its website www.zodiakmedia.com.
Group Chief Executive Officer David Frank says: “Zodiak Media comprises 45 companies around the world, bringing together experienced producers with successful track records in entertainment, fiction, kids and factual programming. This makes Zodiak Media a unique entity among the small number of major international media groups. The new identity and the key appointments announced today underline the successful integration of Zodiak Media’s component parts and our ambitions for its future development. The refinancing is also a key ingredient in this future development. Our aim is to allow each of our producers to express their creative talents individually while being empowered by the scale and power of our combined activities.”
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For more information please contact:
Valérie Tailland: Director of Communication, Zodiak Media
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 10 91 32 / + 33 (0)6 82 57 06 09
About Zodiak Media
Zodiak Media is the leading independent in entertainment, factual, drama and kids, with 45 companies operating in 20 countries and €600m in annual revenues.
Creating, producing, and selling content across all key genres and broadcast platforms, Zodiak Media owns major properties such as Millennium, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Wife Swap, Secret Millionaire, The Inbetweeners, Totally Spies, Fort Boyard and Being Human.
What makes Zodiak Media unique is its creative diversity. In a highly homogenous TV market, Zodiak relies on the creative voice and passion of its producers around the world, many of whom are respected entrepreneurs in their regions.
Zodiak Rights, the international rights business of Zodiak Media, boasts a growing catalogue of around 15,000 hours of content. Zodiak Rights represents both Zodiak Media programming and formats, and a substantial catalogue of third-party independent content. Zodiak Rights specialises in worldwide television and home entertainment distribution and all aspects of licensing, with highly experienced sales teams in London and Paris, offering a tailored service for producers with the benefit of scale.
Headquartered in Paris and London, Zodiak Media, majority-owned by giant Italian conglomerate De Agostini, operates across the world as a leading independent studio combining creative flair with financial strength.