David Michel is Co-Founder of European production powerhouse Federation Entertainment, the production company behind hits such as The Bureau and Baby, on Netflix, as well as Managing Director of its kids’ division Federation Kids & Family. He is also Founder & President of Cottonwood Media, a production subsidiary of Federation Entertainment.
David Michel launched Cottonwood Media alongside fellow co-founders Zoé Carrera Allaix and Cécile Lauritano in 2014. Cottonwood creates, produces and invests in premium, talent-driven Kids & Family content (animated series, features and live action content). Based in Paris, with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto and Berlin, Cottonwood’s productions include the hit teen drama Find Me in Paris (a premium live action series co-produced with ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, Be-Films and the Opera National de Paris), now with 3 seasons; an animated feature Around the World in 80 Days, distributed by StudioCanal and currently in production, as well as preschool series The Ollie and Moon Show and the animated comedy Squish.
With over two decades of television experience producing children’s programming, Michel previously co-founded Marathon Media, part of Zodiak, now a Banijay company. During this period, he co-created and produced over 12 TV properties including the hit series Totally Spies which notched up 6 seasons and sold into over 120 territories.
David often participates as a speaker on numerous panels/conferences during key industry events such as Kidscreen Summit, Mip/Mipcom markets and more. A Science Po Paris &Harvard Business School alumnus, David also sits on the board of Anime France (the French animation producer’s union) and other organisations.