CEO of France's Marathon Media to Step Down

As Vincent Chalvon-Demersay moves aside, Zodiak Media CEO Marc-Antoine d'Halluin will take over the top post at the animated subsidiary.

PARIS – Marathon Media CEO Vincent Chalvon-Demersay is stepping down for undisclosed “personal reasons” as CEO of the Paris-based animation subsidiary of Zodiak Kids. He co-founded the company with current general manager David Michel in 1999.

Zodiak Media’s new CEO Marc-Antoine d’Halluin, who joined the international TV production behemoth in mid-October, will temporarily take over the Marathon Media post in addition to his Zodiak duties. Michel will remain with the company.

“I would like to thank all the Marathon Media teams and my friends at Zodiak Media for their support and trust during these 14 years. I entirely trust Marc-Antoine d’Halluin to make the right decisions to continue my actions,” he said in a statement.

“I would like to thank Vincent Chalvon-Demersay for his great contribution to Zodiak’s reputation and to that of world class European animation. I wish him the best on his future challenges,” added d’Halluin.

Chalvon-Demersay will remain with Zodiak Media’s Los Angeles office through the transition, and he’ll sell his equity stake in Zodiak back to the parent company, DeAgostini. He had served as chief strategy officer of Zodiak from 2012, though he exited that position earlier this year as well.

Along with Michel, Chavlon-Demersay is the producer of the animated series Martian Mystery, which ran on Nickelodeon through 2006 and the international hit Totally Spies, which is in its sixth season on the Cartoon Network in the U.S. and has spawned successful comic books and video games as well as the spinoff series The Amazing Spiez!

Marathon Media also introduced its new series LoliRock under the Zodiak Kids banner at the MIPTV market in October, which will premiere on Disney Channel in 2014.

Zodiak also recently brought former BBC Worldwide exec Caroline Torrance as head of international scripted.