New appointment will spearhead strategic studio transformation through diversification, development of new IP for TV and film, and creation of new global licensing network.
French animation studio Millimages celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021 following a year of unprecedented growth, expansion, and continued success of its original IP, Molang. Building on that success, the studio has named Marina Narishkin as new director general. In her new role, Narishkin will oversee the transformation of the studio's business model through the diversification of productions, the development of new TV series and feature films, and enhanced licensing activities.
“Our industry is going through drastic changes,” remarked Millimages founder & CEO, Roch Lener. “Nevertheless, one of Millimages' defining characteristics, in addition to creativity, is its ability to adapt in times of adversity. The arrival of Marina Narishkin as director general is a testament to that adaptability - reinforcing the Millimages team now more than ever. Her know-how of the audiovisual industry on a worldwide scale, her expertise in licensing, and her committed attitude are all invaluable assets to face the challenges of the future."
Narishkin brings with her over 15 years industry experience, having previously worked at CPLG/Wildbrain (Fox, Lucasfilm, DreamWorks, Marvel, FFF, and UEFA). Prior to that, she served as head of licensing at TF1.
"I was immediately intrigued by Millimages' ambition and vision for the next few years, as well as the studio's DNA which is defined by creativity, open-mindedness and cultural diversity,” shared Narishkin. “Now more than ever, the world is in need of quality entertainment with a cause. To take on Millimages as my next project is to embrace the values that I have always lived by. It's also to take on the forces of technological innovation and the international market, all within a flagship of French animation."
Strategic work in progress:
- Development of a worldwide network of licensing & merchandising
- Launch of e-commerce website MOLANG.COM, otherwise known as the official hub for all-things Molang.
- Research & development investments - new audiovisual technologies
- Renaissance of historic and cult IPs such as Lascars, Louie & Yoko, Mouk, Corneil & Bernie, and 64 Zoo Lane
- Development of over 15 new projects (TV series and feature films)
“There's no need to revolutionize Millimages, who has already proved itself ahead of the times for some time now,” added Narishkin. ‘My goal is to help evolve the studio's already existing factors of success, by mobilizing all of the multi-cultural forces within the studio and by developing strategic new partnerships worldwide, in order to make Millimages shine brighter than ever before.”