Andrew Austin isto join ThinkFilm as senior vice president of Canadian distribution whileTamara Shannon has been promoted to vice president theatrical distribution.

Austin hasworked in the Canadian film industry for almost 20 years, most recently servingas senior vice president and general manager at Seville Pictures.

Prior to Sevillehe served as executive director at Remstar, overseeing all day-to-day EnglishCanadian distribution operations, and has also served in various capacities atCineplex Odeon Films.

"This caps offan extraordinary year for us, beginning with Robert [Lantos] becoming ourpartner, making some big acquisitions and now bringing Andrew on board,"ThinkFilm president and chief executive officer Jeff Sackman said in astatement.

"I hope todouble our output in the next 12 months and Andrew is going to be a big part ofthat. I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Tamara Shannon, whohas single-handedly managed our theatrical output for the past 2 years."

The companylaunched at Toronto in 2001 and enjoyed its biggest ever hit last year whenJeff Blitz's documentary Spellbound grossed $5.7m.

Upcomingreleases include this year's Sundance Grand Prize-winner Primer by ShaneCarruth, Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni's acclaimed The Story Of TheWeeping Camel andJonathan Demme's Haitian civil rights documentary The Agronomist.