Mark Urman has been named president of THINKFilm in the wake of Jeff Sackman's departure last week.

Urman was a co-founder of the company and previously served as head of the theatrical division. He will remain in New York, which will serve as the company's new headquarters.

'Mark has played a crucial role in establishing THINK as a brand that is known and respected around the world,' THINKFilm chairman David Bergstein said. 'His strengthened role in the company guarantees that THINKFilm will retain its unique identity even as we take the company in new directions.'

'David envisions an exciting future for the company, and I am pleased and honoured to be on board as we begin this new chapter in THINK's history,' Urman said.

Urman declined to elaborate on the company's 'new directions', however THINKFilm is understood to be exploring key alliances in emerging platforms like VOD in response to the increasingly carniverous theatrical distribution arena.

Since Bergstein's Capco acquired THINKFilm in the autumn of 2006, THINKFilm has gradually built up its New York operations, adding key staff in acquisitions, publicity and marketing and relocating last winter to larger offices on Madison Avenue.

The Canadian assets of the company were sold to Entertainment One last month and all of THINK's films will now be released in Canada through Entertainment One's theatrical division, Seville Pictures. These corporate moves were believed to be a key factor in Toronto-based Sackman's departure, which the parties said was amicable.

Prior to joining THINKFilm in 2001, Urman served as co-president of Lions Gate Films Releasing. He also served as executive producer on the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball. Earlier corporate roles include senior vice president at Dennis Davidson Associates and head of marketing at Triumph Films.

This weekend THINKFilm releases Helen Hunt's Then She Found Me, which premiered at Toronto last year.