Cottonwood Installs Head of Fiction


Cottonwood Media has hired BAFTA-nominated producer Manon Ardisson in the newly created role of head of fiction.

Based at the Paris office, Ardisson will cover all aspects of fiction: from development through to filming and post. Ardisson will also be responsible for hiring the respective creative teams at each stage of the production process.

Ardisson is reporting to co-founders David Michel, Cécile Laurenson and Zoé Carrera Allaix.

Michel, president and co-founder of Cottonwood Media, said: “Live action has been an incredible growth area for us, and for a while now we have been considering the primetime and YA space. Manon has a great track record for working on some incredible films, and we feel she will greatly contribute to the augmentation of our premium live-action slate for the global marketplace over the coming years.”

Ardisson commented: “I have spent over a decade working in the U.K., and since returning to Paris some time ago, I am now looking forward to this next stage in my career. Cottonwood Media has an incredible reputation globally, and I am confident that over the coming months we are going to forge some great creative partnerships, and take the fiction side of the business to a whole new level.”

Ardisson has worked on a variety of scripted content, such as the feature film God’s Own Country by Francis Lee. She co-produced the Venezuelan feature films La Soledad and La Fortaleza, both by Jorge Thielen Armand, and produced the feature documentary El Father Plays Himself.