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Signifying the growth of the department after green-lighting the development of several high-profile properties as animation series and theatrical features, Gaumont has expanded the senior team of its creative development division.

Gaumont Terry Kalagian 11June2018The expansion sees Terry Kalagian promoted to SVP for the group, and the appointment of Kimberly Dennison to the newly created role of VP of creative development in the US office, working alongside Gaelle Guiny, VP of creative development, France. They will report to Nicolas Atlan, president of the animation and family business line.

Atlan, Kalagian and Guiny are said to have been instrumental in attracting multiple new projects for development including Touch the Earth and Heal The Earth from New York Times bestselling children’s book authors Julian Lennon and Bart Davis; creator, writer, and illustrator Stan Sakai’s comic book series Usagi Yojimbo; Molly and the Cryptos, with France Télévisions; Bionic Max, with Gulli; and The Star Shards Chronicles, based on the YA novels by The New York Times best-selling author Neal Shusterman. Other projects include Do Re & Mi, an animated musical series for pre-schoolers. Atlan and Kalagian are also developing animated shows with such talent as Colin Quinn and Maz Jobrani. Projects in development for theatrical release include the animated feature High in the Clouds, (based on the book authored by Sir Paul McCartney and Philip Ardagh and illustrated by Geoff Dunbar) and Plunder, a family treasure hunting adventure from award-winning writers, Leo Chu and Eric Garcia.

Prior to joining Gaumont, Dennison served as director, development for Walt Disney TV Animation where she developed both original and Disney-branded properties. Over the course of her career, Kimberly has served as a network executive, and has developed, produced and voice directed a wide range of animated projects for studios and networks including Walt Disney, the Hub Network and Rainmaker Entertainment.

“Since joining Gaumont in March 2016, we have been actively pursuing a whole range of compelling and engaging animation projects that will become part of the Gaumont heritage,” Atlan remarked. “I am super excited about our team.”