Berenice Fugard has been appointed as head of acquisitions for StudioCanal and Optimum Releasing. She will be based in London and will report both to Optimum Releasing CEO Will Clarke, and Ron Halpern executive vice-president, international production and acquisitions for StudioCanal.

Fugard will be responsible for acquiring films for Optimum Releasing for distribution in the UK and will also source multi-territory film rights to be distributed in all three countries where StudioCanal operates: France, the UK, via Optimum Releasing, and Germany via Kinowelt. She will also be sourcing products for StudioCanal's international sales team.

'Berenice brings great energy, imagination and experience to our team here at Optimum,' said Will Clarke. 'I am delighted she has chosen to join us, and I am sure that she will make a great contribution to our ambitious plans for the future.'

Most recently, Fugard was VP of acquisitions and co-productions at Paramount Vantage where she was involved with such films as The Duchess and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Prior to that she was head of acquisitions at Pathe for nine years.

'Optimum is one of the most exciting and creative film companies in today's landscape, and I am proud to be part of this great adventure,' said Berenice Fugard. 'I also look forward to joining forces with the formidable teams at Studio Canal and Kinowelt.'