Veteran sales executive Pamela Pickering has, as expected, announced that she is leaving her job as president of Mutual Film International to join Graham King at Initial Entertainment Group (IEG) where she will head up international sales and distribution operations.

There she will be responsible for the international sales, distribution and marketing of the company's productions and co-financing efforts including Gangs Of New York with Miramax Films/Disney and Ali with Columbia Pictures. She will report to King who is increasingly focusing his attention on the production and co-financing operations of the company.

Pickering joins IEG from Mutual where she handled the international sales of Tomb Raider which Mutual co-financed with Paramount Pictures as well as other co-financed pictures such as Wonder Boys, Man On The Moon, Primary Colors, A Simple Plan and It's The Rage.

Prior to Mutual, Pickering was senior vice president of international distribution at Spelling Films where she handled sales and distribution of In And Out, Breakdown, The Usual Suspects and The House Of Yes among others.