UK media concern the Metrodome group has promoted Alan Partington to the post of managing director of film distribution arm Metrodome Distribution, replacing Rupert Preston who resigned last week.

Partington will take overall responsibility for both theatrical distribution and the video rental and sales operations. He joined Metrodome in April 1999 to establish and head up a video rental division and take control of the existing video and DVD sell-through business. Under Partington, video and DVD has become Metrodome's fastest growing and most profitable operation.

'This is a real opportunity to consolidate the theatrical distribution business into video and DVD exploitation under a highly experienced and hugely effective manager,' said Metrodome chairman John Hall.

Prior to joining Metrodome, Partington was at Pathe Distribution for 14 years, rising to head of theatrical and video sales. 'We have built a young and highly talented team which I am confident we can continue to develop,' said Partington. 'I look forward to announcing details of our ongoing strategy in the near future.'