TV-Loonland Lands Dargaud’s Bannister

It’s official. TV-Loonland is determined to shake up the toon exec landscape in Europe. The latest news from the German company finds Justine Bannister, formerly distrib and acquisitions head at France’s Dargaud Distribution officially accepting a similar position at TV-Loonland’s London office.

The always elegant and well-liked Bannister has a been a fixture of the French animation scene for the past 13 years, involved in the creation of Dupuis Distribution, prior to its merger with Dargaud, as well as working at Lagardere’s Europe Images International as VP of sales and marketing..

"I am very excited to be working for such a reputable company," says Bannister. "They have an amazing track record in the industry. The hugely successful Cramp Twins, Transformers and Little Ghosts are just a few shows in what is an astounding array of quality children’s and family programming with terrific potential across all media platforms."

Bannister’s appointment follows the appointment of former SIP brass Olivier Dumont as COO and ex-Kayenta exec Kourtney Kaye as head of creative and development in the past ten days. According to Selma Kappel, president and CEO of TV-Loonland more appointments are expected at the company. Bannister will report to Dumont.