Elizabeth Trotman upped to CEO, Robert Slaviero departs.

Studiocanal has appointed Elizabeth Trotman as CEO of Australia and New Zealand.

Previously general manager of sales and marketing at Studiocanal in New Zealand, Trotman will report to Rodolphe Buet, Studiocanal’s president international marketing and distribution for films, library and TV series.

She succeeds Robert Slaviero, who is leaving the company.

Totman’s appointment will be effective from March 14. The executive started her career at The Walt Disney Company. She worked for Warner Bros. Entertainment and then BBC Worldwide before joining Hoyts Distribution in 2002.

The expanding European powerhouse acquired Hoyts Distribution in Australia four years ago and has set its sights on growth in the region.

Rodolphe Buet said: “I am very pleased with the appointment of Elizabeth as the head of Australia and New Zealand. Elizabeth has a perfect understanding of Studiocanal’s local activities and teams and we have faith in her marketing experience and expertise, as well as her international profile, to help the studio cross a new threshold in this part of the world.

“In addition to strengthening our local distribution activities, she will be responsible for initiating and developing local film production, which is strategic for us as a complement to our international productions policy.”