Paris-based Xilam Animation appointed Manya Zhou to the newly created position of head of business development for China. Zhou joins the company from Amuse, a subsidiary of Millimages, where she managed the Asian market. She previously held positions with Spideo, the Festival National du Film d’animation, and Festival Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne.

At Xilam, Zhou will develop the company’s strategy in China, including managing local linear and digital distribution, licensing and merchandising, and potential co-production opportunities. Zhou is based in Xilam’s Paris headquarters and reports to Morgann Favennec, executive vice president of global sales development.

“I’m thrilled to join Morgann and the team to further fuel the success that Xilam has achieved in China already,” says Manya Zhou. With its fantastic and rapidly growing slate of animated content, I look forward to building awareness of Xilam’s properties in the region and embarking on this exciting new chapter in the company’s international growth.”

Additionally, Zhou will work to establish strategic partnerships and build awareness in Asia for brands including Oggy and the Cockroaches, Zig & Sharko, Paprika, Mr Magoo, and Moka.