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Anne de Galard and Eric Garnet’s animation production company GO-N Productions is joining Federation Studios, headed by Pascal Breton and Lionel Uzan.
Established in 2004, GO-N is internationally recognized for hit animated series such as Simon Super Rabbit, Lou!, Zip Zip and Tootuff, all produced in-house at the company’s Paris-based studio.
The news follows the most recent edition of Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, where de Galard and Garnet accepted the Cartoons Tributes award for Producers of the Year bestowed on GO-N at the ceremony on September 21.
By joining the group, GO-N Productions becomes part of a federation of 35 production companies in France and globally, each of them spearheaded by independent producers with their own unique editorial direction. These Federation producers all share a common collaborative, creative and international approach to their businesses, while benefitting from Federation’s global reach and reputation thanks to its in-house sales and distribution operation.
With the addition of GO-N’s content (11 animated series totalling 250 half-hours), the Federation Kids & Family division’s catalog now boasts over 730 half-hours of kids’ animation and live-action programming. GO-N’s premium toons join successful series from Cottonwood Media (a subsidiary of Federation Studios, established in 2013 by David Michel, Zoé Carrera Allaix and Cécile Laurenson) as well as numerous third-party acquisitions.
“GO-N has been creating premium animation for almost 20 years now, and this next stage in our company’s evolution will take things to a whole new level,” comment Garnet and de Galard. “Our main focus has been on content and talent, extending out programs to young audiences worldwide, whilst also highlighting French expertise. In joining the Federation group of companies, we are aligning ourselves with other producers who share the same values and aspirations. This move will bolster our international development, and allow us to produce increasingly ambitious and original content, both in terms of target demographics, formats and animation techniques. We move into this next phase with our entire team, including Emmanuel de Franceschi, Executive Producer and Amélie Oliveau, Digital and Marketing Manager. We very much look forward to working closely with Federation.”
Pascal Breton, CEO, Federation Studios, said, “With the arrival of Anne and Eric, two of Europe’s most talented producers, along with their well-known kids’ brands, Federation is on track to accelerate its investments and attract top talent, IPs and build a true federation of European animation producers, as w’ve already achieved in the field of drama.”
GO-N Productions’s roster of quality animated series projects includes both original productions (Zip Zip, Commandant Clark, Jasmin’s World) and IP adaptations (The Large Family, Tootuff, Simon Super Rabbit, Tib & Tatum) — developing producing or co-producing in collaboration with partners and companies worldwide to deliver hits across multiple platforms. In 2016, Go-N launched a digital strategy, and its YouTube channels now boast over 7 million subscribers worldwide. GO-N’s fully independent Paris animation studio houses 90 workstations and a team of highly skilled artists and technicians.