She fills the role previously held by Andy Weltman who left in March to head up Pinewood’s LA office.

The British Film Commission (BFC) has appointed Kattie Kotok as the agency’s new executive vice president of US Production based in LA.

Taking up the role on July 23, she will be responsible for US business development and client relations, alongside senior production executive Samantha Perahia working out of the UK office and senior executive, Industry Relations Tara Halloran, who is also based in LA.

Kotok joins the BFC from National Geographic Films (NGF), where she was vice president of acquisitions and production, working on titles including March Of The Penguins.

Prior to National Geographic, Kotok worked in film development at Fox Searchlight Pictures and in marketing at Paramount Pictures on titles including One Hour Photo and A Simple Plan.

She replaces Andy Weltman, who left the BFC to head up Pinewood’s LA office. The BFC is charged with encouraging and supporting international feature film production to the UK.

Iain Smith, chair of the British Film Commission said: “This is a very important time for the Agency, as a period of potential growth. The incoming tax credit for high end TV and animation will ensure the UK becomes a popular destination for international TV production which is something we absolutely have to exploit. In addition the BFC is central to delivering the UK’s broader international strategy with the BFI and our film agency partners, plus we are also looking to extend our remit to take advantage of the potential in the emerging markets. Kattie has the necessary knowledge, skills and experience, to ensure that we forge ahead with developing essential new relationships with the American TV and animation industries and continuing to drive the BFC’s vital work with the US market.”