Marc du Pontavice is Animation Magazine’s 2020 Game-Changer!
Marc du Pontavice, Founder and President of Xilam Animation, is Animation Magazine’s 2020 Game-Changer!
Marc du Pontavice began his career with GAUMONT, where he co-founded GAUMONT Television (1991‐95), supervising the production of a hundred hours of prime time fiction, including the series Highlander. He created GAUMONT Multimedia, whose assets he acquired in 1999 to found Xilam Animation.
Since that time, Xilam has established itself as one of the world’s leaders in animation production, with several worldwide successes, including series such as Oggy and the Cockroaches, Zig & Sharko and Mr Magoo, all exec produced by Marc du Pontavice.
Xilam has won several awards (7 nominations and two prizes at the Annecy festival). In the past two decades, the company has built up a catalogue of over 2,200 animation series episodes, broadcast in more than 190 countries. Today, Xilam employs over 400 people, including 300 artists.
Marc du Pontavice has also produced dozens of live-action and animated features, the most recent one being director Jeremy Clapin’s acclaimed feature I Lost My Body, which was nominated for an Academy Award and received two Césars.
Over the past decade, it has become an annual Animation Magazine tradition to recognize and celebrate some of the amazing women and men who have contributed to our industry. The awards ceremony has been led virtually this year on December 7, available to watch on animationmagazine.net, Animation Magazine Official Facebook Page, and on YouTube.