John Woodward, who recently resigned as chief executive of the UK Film Council, has been named managing director of Arts Alliance.

The privately owned media investment group has founded companies like online film rental company LoveFilm International and digital cinema business Arts Alliance Media. AA also founded London-based Met Film School.

The group has also provided backing for business such as City Screen, Kenshoo and last

Thomas Høegh, founder of Arts Alliance and partner in Høegh Capital Partners, said: “John has helped to build a successful British film industry. His deep understanding of the sector and his ability to nurture growth opportunities will enable Arts Alliance to build new companies and expand its media portfolio in the years ahead.”

Woodward takes the new post in November, after his departure from the UK Film Council, where he has served since 1999. The UKFC is set to be abolished, according to a late July government announcement. Woodward announced his resignation on Sept 13.

In addition to his role as managing director of Arts Alliance, Woodward will also become chairman of both Arts Alliance Media and the Met Film School.

Woodward said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Arts Alliance, where Thomas has created one of Europe’s most entrepreneurial investment houses in the rapidly changing media industry.”