StudioCanal has made a series of senior appointment at its affiliates Optimum Releasing and Kinowelt.

It has appointed Robb Smith to head of UK TV sales for Optimum and he will also have responsibility for StudioCanal’s international TV sales. He joins the company from MGM Television Europe, where he senior vice president, responsible for the company’s licensing across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Optimum has also appointed John-Trafford Owen, previously a sales director at Paramount, as head of theatrical distribution.

At Kinowelt in Germany, Kalle Friz has been named head of theatrical distribution. Friz joins from 20th Century Fox Germany, where he was head of Fox Searchlight. He also had responsibility for local acquisitions and co-productions