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Gaumont Taps Creative Director for Animation & Family


Gaumont has appointed Alex Soto, a former Spin Master Entertainment exec, as creative director for the company’s animation and family group.

In his newly created position, Soto will work under Terry Kalagian, senior VP for the group, while also collaborating with Kimberly Dennison and Gaelle Guiny, VPs of creative development in the U.S. and Paris offices, respectively. He will oversee the creative vision of Gaumont’s series, building the creative teams for each project in development.

Previously, Soto was the executive of creative development for Spin Master Entertainment. Earlier in his career, he spent two years serving in a directing role at Sony Pictures Animation.

“Alex is a creative force in the world of animation; his amazing vision has helped bring to life some of the most successful animated series of the past two decades,” said Nicolas Atlan, the president of animation and family for Gaumont. “He creates from the heart and that in and of itself is priceless. We are thrilled to have him join the expanding animation and family team, one that we believe truly brings together the best of the best in the industry!”

“The projects that the animation and family team have been working on are incredibly unique, engaging and fun,” added Soto. “Nicolas, Terry and their team have a development slate like no other—working across television and film, new characters will be introduced that are captivating, bright and refreshing. The slate transcends demographics and delivers premium entertainment to children and adults. To be able to join this awesome team while so many exciting projects are already in motion is a game changer and I can’t wait to get started!”

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