Mission Pictures has promoted Sophie Meyer to head of development in the UK.

Previously development executive at the company, Meyer oversaw the development of Danny Boyle's Millions and comedy spoof Gladiatress. She is responsible for the development of a number of projects on Mission's slate, including a film written and to be directed by rising UK talent Dominic Savage.

Mission also recently appointed Tracy Falco as vice president of production in its newly opened Los Angeles operation. Falco spent six years at Ted Demme's Spanky Pictures, working on films including Blow, A Lesson Before Dying and Rounders.

"We are pleased to be able to recognise Sophie's ability to work with writers and directors to bring their projects through the vitally important development process," said Mission's owner and chairman Andrew Hauptman. "This is the area where Mission invests a great deal of time, energy and financial resources and Sophie has proven her worth time and time again."

Mission this week started production on PG Wodehouse adaptation Piccadilly Jim, backed by Myriad Pictures, Ingenious Media's Inside Track and the Isle of Man. Written by Julian Fellowes and directed by John McKay, the film stars Sam Rockwell and Tom Wilkinson.

Other projects on Mission's slate include Divorce - A Love Story by Marc Klein and Seventh Heaven, to be directed by Gillian Armstrong.

Mission Pictures was created in 2001 when Hauptman acquired Dragon Pictures.