Vertigo Films has hired Michael Wailes in its new head of sales post. He will start the new position at the end of August.

Wailes has worked in theatrical sales for more than 10 years, most recently at Tartan Films.

Vertigo's Rupert Preston said: ''We are thrilled that Michael is joining our distribution team, bringing with him his experience, knowledge and expertise in the theatrical distribution field, we feel that he will become an integral and valuable member of the company in what is set to become a very busy year.'

Wailes added: 'I'm very much looking forward to being associated with such a dynamic and exciting company as Vertigo and bringing such a diverse and commercial range of films to the cinema going public.'

Vertigo's forthcoming releases include Sparkle, In The Shadow Of The Moon, and WAZ.