The French entertainment group MÃ©dia-Participations has appointed two experienced animation executives to its audiovisual production division.
Laurent Panissier joined as general 3D animation supervisor, after having been supervisor at the French visual effects studio BUF, while Xavier Morelli joined as executive 2D animation producer, after having been production manager at Ankama.
The hires follow the appointment of Lila Hannou as Director of Development and Strategy in early September.
The Media-Participations group includes Ellipsanime Productions, Dargaud Media, Dupuis Ãdition & Audiovisuel and Ellipse Studio, with series including The Smurfs, The Fox Badger Family, Kid Lucky and Living with Dad.
Its catalog is distributed worldwide by Mediatoon International Distribution.
âIt was essential to strengthen and restructure the team to meet the challenges that awaited us. The fact that professionals like Laurent and Xavier are joining us, after Lila, gives me great confidence in our ability to accelerate the transformation of the studio, which we started several months ago, and to carry out the ambitious productions that we plan for years to come. Â», Declared Caroline Audebert, Managing Director of MÃ©dia-Participations.