EXCLUSIVE: Former Icon executive appointed on permanent basis; Caroline Stern assumes commercial affairs role.

UK sales and distribution outfit Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) has appointed Anthony Buckner director of international sales.

The former Icon and Terra Mater executive has served in the role since last year but has now been made permanent with former director of international sales Caroline Stern assuming the newly created role of director of commercial affairs and business development.

At Kaleidoscope, Buckner has worked on deals including the sale of animation Top Cat Begins to Warner Bros and thriller River to Ascot Elite in Germany.

Spencer Pollard, CEO of KFD commented: “We are delighted Anthony has agreed to join us permanently. I think our commercial tastes and views on how to grow the International business are aligned and we’re excited that he’s agreed to be part of our long-term plans.”

Buckner added: “I am very pleased to be joining Spencer and his team at Kaleidoscope during what should be an exciting period in the company’s development.”

While at Icon Buckner worked on titles including Apocalypto, Project Nim and Coriolanus.

“With Caroline returning to our international team, I am genuinely excited by our potential for Cannes and beyond,” added Pollard.