France’s Xilam Animation has tapped Charles Courcier for the newly created role of head of digital production.
In his new position, Courcier will be responsible for sourcing, developing, financing and producing original web series to expand Xilam’s presence on YouTube, as well as growing the studio’s footprint across AVOD platforms. He will also develop animated web series targeted at adult audiences. Based in Paris, Courcier will report to Morgann Favennec, the company’s executive VP of global sales development.
Courcier most recently served as head of digital production at Amuse, a subsidiary of Millimages dedicated to digital production and distribution. He was responsible for progressing the company’s global business strategy, setting up the internal studio and developing the company’s production pipeline. Prior to that, Courcier held positions at Gaumont Animation and Sacrebleu Productions.
Xilam has recently launched a YouTube channel dedicated to its preschool series Paprika, as well as a local channel for Oggy and the Cockroaches in India.
Favennec said: “We’re delighted to welcome Charles to the Xilam Animation team. His arrival comes at a hugely exciting time for our company as we continue celebrating success and growth in the digital arena. Charles’ wealth of experience in identifying original IPs which will engage international audiences, alongside effectively managing the production process, will enable us to significantly expand our online content offering for both young and adult audiences.”
Courcier added: “As a leading animation studio with a fantastic portfolio of award-winning animated properties, I’m thrilled to join Xilam Animation and help build upon the studio’s success in the digital space. I look forward to working closely with the hugely talented team to develop a pipeline of strong, original IPs and engaging digital content which will not only resonate with Xilam’s existing fanbase but also with new audiences around the world.”