Den Hamer leaves Rotterdam film festival

Sandra Den Hamer is to step down as director of the Rotterdam International Film Festival. She will start work as director of Amsterdam's Filmmuseum from September 1. A new director is now being sought for next year's festival which runs January 23 to February 3.

Ng takes Emperor Motion Pictures role

Former Celestial Pictures executive Alan Ng has joined Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) as assistant general manager, distribution. Ng, who will report directly to EMP chief executive Albert Lee, will oversee the company's growing distribution team.

Chesney makes Arts Alliance move

London-based Arts Alliance Media (AAM) has appointed Paul Chesney as director of business development. He was previously worldwide senior vice-president, sales and marketing for Deluxe Media Services.

Naish moves to Capitol

The UK's Capitol Films has appointed Peter Naish, former head of distribution at Icon Entertainment International, as managing director. He will be with Capitol at Cannes, joined by head of sales James Norrie and sales manager Sophia Neves, together with ThinkFilm International head of sales Eve Schoukroun. All will report to Naish.

TWC hires Image veteran Gordon

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has hired Barry Gordon as executive vice-president of home entertainment. Reporting to Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Gordon will be based in TWC's Los Angeles office and will serve as liaison for the company's home entertainment operations. He had been senior VP of worldwide programming at Image Entertainment.

Gallacher joins Cutting Edge

Liz Gallacher is to join music supervision and publishing company Cutting Edge as director of music supervision. Gallacher has more than 45 feature credits to her name, including The Full Monty, Notting Hill and Bend It Like Beckham. Her present projects are Matthew Vaughn's Stardust and Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely.