Columbia TriStar International Television (CTIT) in the UK has named production and programming executive Ann Harris to the post of vice president, production.

Harris will be responsible for developing and producing original programming by working closely with the UK independent production community. The former managing director for Delta Ventures/Circle Communications has spent the last three years serving as a consultant for Columbia, Channel 4, A&E Television Networks and Southern Star Circle.

She will report to CTIT's Steve Kent, senior vice president, international productions, and John McMahon, executive vice president and managing director, Europe.

CTIT's said the appointment continues its efforts "to build on its local production commitment and significant growth opportunities in the UK", according to a statement.

The operation said that the move also "underscores the company's resolution to develop and produce local programming for the UK audience that can offer appealing, commercially viable content on a global basis."