Chris Auty is stepping down as CEO and from the board of The Works Media Group. He will remain as a consultant for the London-based company, which runs the Works UK Distribution and sales company The Works International.

Norman Humphrey, group finance director, has been appointed CEO effectively immediately. Humphrey has been a member of the board of The Works since 2000.

'The Board would like to express its thanks to Chris for his outstanding contribution over the years and wish him well in his future endeavours,' said Crispin Barker, chairman of The Works. 'Going forward, I am very pleased that Norman Humphrey, who has been of great value to The Works over the last six years, has accepted the role of chief executive officer and will lead the Company through the next phase of its development. We believe The Works now has a strong platform for growth and the correct strategy to take advantage of business opportunities in the film industry for the benefit of its shareholders.'