UK distributor MomentumPictures has appointed Lara Thompson as head of acquisitions and Andy Leyshonas head of sales.

Thompson has been with thecompany for four years, joining as PA to the MD and moving into acquisitionsunder Sally Caplan until her earlier departure this year.

"She has strongrelationships within the industry as well as a thorough knowledge of the UKmarket and I'm sure she will flourish in this crucial role," said XavierMarchand, managing director.

Leyshon joined Momentum in1998 as the office runner and moved into sales, where he rose up theranks. "Andy's knowledge and commitmentto sales makes this a natural transition," said Marchand.

Momentum this yeardistributed the £10m hit Lost InTranslation and Eternal Sunshine OfThe Spotless Mind, which took £5m.