The CanalPlus Group has appointed Laurent Hassid to the post ofdirector of foreign film acquisitions.

Hassidwill report to head of film Evi Fullenbach. His responsibilities will includeoverseeing acquisitions of foreign films, excluding films from the US majors,and pre-buys on French films shot in foreign languages for Canal Plus, CanalPlus Cinema and the group's thematic channels.

Hassid formerly worked at Andersen Consulting andjoined StudioCanal in 1993 working with the acquisition and distribution offoreign films. In 2000, he joined the cinema arm of the Canal Plus Group asdeputy director of French film acquisitions.