UK distributor Metro Tartan Distribution has appointed Christine Iso as its head of acquisitions with specific responsibility for Asia.

Effective immediately, Iso replaces Patrizia Raeli Shibata, who recently co-founded Bright Angel, an Amsterdam-based distribution company covering the Benelux region.

Tartan's Hamish McAlpine and Laura De Casto will now primarily deal with all other acquisitions outside Asia.

Iso was instrumental as co-producer in the sale of remake rights to Dreamworks SKG for the US version of Hideo Nakata's The Ring. Along with a stint as head of American business for Pacifica International Film and TV Corporation, she has been actively involved in international distribution for various Asian territories including Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.