Shana Eddy-Grouf has been appointed svp of international production and development based in Los Angeles as the company deepens its commitment to global production and development.

Eddy-Grouf will be the company’s first creative executive based in Los Angeles and will generate production opportunities for the studio, whose Paddington recently crossed $100m worldwide and opens in the US this week through Weinstein/Dimension.

The executive will support StudioCanal’s US-based producing deals with Andrew Rona’s The Picture Company and Eric Newman’s Grand Electric Entertainment.

“I am so happy to welcome Shana,” said eve of international production and acquisitions Ron Halpern, to whom Eddy-Grouf will report.

“She has such great talent relationships in Los Angeles and elsewhere and a perfect understanding of the types of films StudioCanal would like to make. She is a great addition to StudioCanal.”

“I am thrilled to contribute to StudioCanal’s ambitions in the US and expand upon the exceptional strategic growth they have experienced under Olivier Courson and Ron Halpern’s leadership,” said Eddy-Grouf.

“They are making high-quality, skillfully produced films, which benefit from an extraordinary international distribution and sales network.”

Eddy-Grouf served as a senior agent for United Talent Agency for 15 years and was instrumental in starting their independent packaging department and expanding UTA’s international presence.

Most recently she produced Drive, She Said, which wrapped production on December 3. Prior to that she was evp of business development for online video platform PlutoTV.