Chorot steps down as Gaumont CEO

Gaumont co-CEO Franck Chorot has stepped down from his post. Chorot will continue to work with the French major as an in-house producer as well as working on co-productions. Following a stint as the head of UIP France, Chorot returned to the Gaumont fold in 2000 to replace Pierre-Ange Le Pogam as deputy general manager of worldwide marketing and distribution. In 2004, he was named co-chairman of the studio along with Christophe Riandee.

Fox makes key production appointments

Fox Filmed Entertainment has promoted several key production executives. Hutch Parker has been promoted to vice-chairman, Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, also overseeing Fox Animation. Vanessa Morrison has been appointed president of Fox Animation, and Emma Watts and Alex Young are named co-presidents of production for Twentieth Century Fox. Also, Debbie Liebling was named president of production for Fox Atomic. At CGI arm Blue Sky Studios, Briane Keane was named chief operating officer and chief financial and Bruce Anderson was appointed general manager.

Bell joins Paramount's technology team

Paramount Pictures has hired former Warner Bros executive vice-president of advanced technology Alan Bell as executive vice-president and chief technology officer, a newly created position. Bell is a veteran of IBM and Exxon Mobile Corporate Research.

Malone joins Ascent

Ascent Media Creative Services has named Patrick Malone its director of digital film services, a newly created position. He has responsibility for digital feature film production across One Post, St Anne's Post, Soho Images and Todd AO. Malone joined Ascent in 1997 from Framestore CFC. He moved to St Anne's as head of production for its 2002 launch.

Tcha to lead Korean producers group

The Korea Film Producers' Association has elected Sidus FNH head Tcha Seung-jai as chairman. He replaces Guardtec president Jonathan Kim, whose four years in the position had expired. Association members also elected as vice-chairmen Kim Du-chan, CEO of Cinema Zenith, and Lee Joon-dong, head of Now Film.