StudioCanal’s former head of acquisitions appointed senior vice president of acquisitions at Fortissimo with immediate effect.

Berenice Fugard has been appointed senior vice president of acquisitions at Fortissimo Films, following over a year of Fugard delivering external consultancy services to the company.

Formerly head of acquisitions at StudioCanal, acquiring the likes of Searching for Sugar Man, Rush and The Place Beyond the Pines, Fugard has also worked at Portobello Pictures, Pathe Distribution Ltd and Paramount Vantage.

Fortissimo’s Michael Werner commented: “Berenice has a long history of being involved with quality cinema that has resulted in so many commercial and artistic hits. Our collaboration with her over the past year has been great and we are thrilled that she is joining us full time to oversee and head-up our acquisition activities.”

“Fortissimo’s dedication to high-calibre cinema is consistently impressive. I’m very happy to join them on their quest to bring exciting projects to global audiences,” added Fugard.

The move takes place with immediate effect, with Fugard working between Fortissimo’s Amsterdam office and France.