Vladimir Kuba has stepped down from his position as general director of Barrandov Studios. The announcement came as a sudden surprise inside Barrandov Studios, a source inside told Screen International.

'My view of the situation was different from the owners,' Kuba told Screen International. 'I thought it was better to end our cooperation. '

Kuba said that from his point of view the studios were in sound financial shape. Barring a SAG strike, he said, the company's performance in 2008 should be good, if not as strong as 2007, when the studio hosted The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Babylon A.D. In 2006, the last year for which the company has released financial results, Barrandov Studios made a net profit of $2.7m (CZK 44m).

The Prague studios are currently hosting Stephen Sommers' G.I. Joe. 'The stages are 50%-70% occupied and there are several projects in the pipeline,' Kuba said.

He is replaced by Jana Vozarova, formerly the company's financial director. Vozarova was named director of Barrandov Television Studio and TV Barrandov on Monday.