Benoit di Sabatino Joins Zodiak Kids as CEO
Paris/London, September 12, 2018: Banijay Group today confirms the appointment of Benoit di Sabatino as CEO of Zodiak Kids.
With a strong track record in animation and children’s programming, di Sabatino joins the business from Moonscoop Group, an independent content business specialised in the production and distribution of global youth programmes. As Co-Founder of the Group, he was responsible for the creation and production of over 1,500 hours of programming across 100 titles in 160 countries. Flagship brands included Code Lyoko, Geronimo Stilton, Titeuf – both series and film, Tara Duncan and Casper’s Scare School.
In his new role, di Sabatino will lead Banijay Group’s dedicated division for kids productions, consumer products, digital content and TV sales. With a global remit, he will oversee and grow one of the world’s largest, high-quality kids catalogues, with titles including Mister Maker, LoliRock, international hit Totally Spies!, Floogals, BAFTA-winning Secret Life of Boys, CBBC ratings-hit Millie Inbetween; and international animation series, Kody Kapow and Lilybuds.
Marco Bassetti, CEO, Banijay Group comments: “With a wealth of knowledge in the kids business, Benoit was the perfect fit for the role. Having worked across thousands of hours of programming in this genre, he will be a great addition to the team and is sure to take Zodiak Kids to new heights.”
Benoit di Sabatino adds: “Banijay is an ambitious group committed to strengthening the presence of Zodiak Kids in the global marketplace. The business already has an incredibly strong catalogue of high-quality brands and I’m looking forward to exploring new areas to bring the business further growth. With a vast pool of new ideas, a team of talented individuals and an ever-growing market around us, it is an exciting time to be taking on this new role and building Zodiak Kids as a flagship brand.”
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About Zodiak Kids
Zodiak Kids is a global independent leader in kids entertainment, combining Banijay Group’s dedicated kids production company, consumer products, digital and TV sales division. The company’s production arm is Zodiak Kids Studios, with offices in Paris & London, which produce animation and live action programming for a wide range of international broadcasters and audiences worldwide. Zodiak Kids has dedicated international sales and consumer products teams representing programming from Zodiak Kids Studios and third-party producers.
Zodiak Kids boasts one of the largest, high-quality kids catalogues in the world, which includes; Mister Maker, the ultimate arts and craft show; LoliRock, the series bursting with music, magic, and mystery; Totally Spies!, the international hit animation series; Floogals the unique CGI series and #1 show on Sprout in the US with Kids 2-5; BAFTA award-winning Secret Life of Boys for CBBC in the UK & ABC Australia; Millie Inbetween, the CBBC ratings-hit with multiple series; the hit kids drama series The Lodge for Disney worldwide; and new international animation series Kody Kapow and Lilybuds.
About Banijay Group
Banijay Group is a global production and distribution company creating premium content for television and multimedia platforms in all genres including entertainment, drama, factual, reality, docudrama and kids programming. With leading production entities in 16 territories, the Group is engaged in strategic partnerships with the best creative talent around the world.
Banijay Group is a confederation of entrepreneurs – encompassing Creativity, Innovation, and Professionalism. It unifies talent and personalities, spreading ideas and formats all over the world, with key brands including Versailles, The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Temptation Island, Beat The Star, 71 Degrees North, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Making of the Mob, The Real World, Wolf Creek, Wife Swap, Wild Things, It’s Only TV and Occupied among many others.
The Group is controlled by a company composed of Stéphane Courbit’s LOV Group and DeA Communications – a business belonging to De Agostini Group, with Vivendi owning a minority part of the total Group. Banijay Group operates under the direction of Marco Bassetti.