Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG has promoted Ian Lambur to the post of Executive Vice President, Production, Distribution & Co-Production, reporting to CEO and Founder Jeremy Zag.
Lambur joined ZAG in November 2018, serving as SVP, Global Distribution & Co-Productions. With this new promotion, he also has oversight of the company’s TV productions, including several series under the ZAG HEROEZ™ brand label, including:
- The action-comedy Ghostforce (52 x 11’ + 4 x 22’) for Disney Channel EMEA and Discovery Kids Latin America, about three junior high school students who form a secret team to defend their city from the ghastly ghouls haunting it. Created by Jeremy Zag and developed with Sébastien Thibaudeau, Pascal Boutboul, Nathanaël Bronn and Jérôme Cointre.
- Seasons one and two of the groundbreaking 3D CGI animated/live-action hybrid TV series Power Players (78 x 11’), currently airing on Cartoon Network U.S., EMEA, and Asia Pacific, and set for debut on France’s France Télévisions, Germany’s WDR, Planeta Junior (several territories), Brazil’s Gloob and Discovery Latin America. Power Players is the first series that delivers action from a toy’s-eye view as the inventive and curious boy Axel transforms into a 6-inch superhero! The series was created by Jeremy Zag and developed in collaboration with ON Kids & Family and Man of Action Entertainment.
- Seasons four and five of the company’s flagship property: the 3D CGI-animated superhero aspirational action-comedy series Miraculous™ – Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (130 x 11’), winner of the 2018 Teen Choice Award for Choice Animated Series airing in over 120 countries across the globe. Created by ZAG, co-production partners on these new seasons include France’s Method Animation (part of ON Kids & Family), Brazil’s Globosat and Italy’s DeAgostini Editore S.P.A., in collaboration with Disney Channel EMEA, French broadcaster TF1, South Korea’s SamG Animation and Japan’s Toei Animation.
Lambur continues to lead global distribution and co-production strategy of content to all platforms, including television, home entertainment and digital media.
“Over the past eight months, Ian has made a substantial contribution to the growth of ZAG, building on his network of extensive relationships and keen understanding of current and future media distribution platforms,” commented Zag. “Adding oversight of production is a natural progression given Ian’s oversight of co-productions to date.”
“2020 is a pivotal year for ZAG with three series on air around the globe and two new series that we anticipate being greenlit in the coming months,” added Lambur. “We have tremendous co-production partners on board for each of our properties with a collective commitment to prioritize creativity and deliver series that we believe in, all featuring theatrical level animation that we are known for.”
Lambur joined ZAG from The Jim Henson Company, where he served as SVP of Global Distribution. Previously, he held positions based in London U.K. at Disney Channels EMEA, serving as Acquisitions Manager and as Director of Sales at Guru Studios.