Jan-Pelgrom de Haas has been appointed as CEO of the Kinowelt Group with immediate effect as the successor to Bertil Le Claire who stepped down from this post at the end of May.

Commenting on the choice of de Haas, Kinowelt's founders Michael and Rainer Koelmel said that the 45-year-old media manager 'will further advance the integration of Kinowelt into the StudioCanal Group. Under his management, Kinowelt will retain its strong identity in order to develop successfully in the future as well.'

Meanwhile, Olivier Courson, CEO of the StudioCanal Group which took the German media concern over last January, added that his concern was 'looking forward to be able to profit from Jan-Pelgrom's experience and professional competence' in order to reach their goal of expanding Kinowelt 'into Germany's leading independent film distributor within the next three years. '

Before taking up the position of CEO at Kinowelt, de Haas could look back on more than two decades of working in the international media business for such companies as GrundyUFA, Trebitsch Produktion and the live entertainment producer Stage as well as running his own marketing agency.