Distribution executive M J Peckos has left Tartan Films USA aftertwo years to launch the niche distributor Mitropoulos Films.

"The distribution business is changing at its core. Nicheproduct will require new venues and marketing strategies and Mitropoulos Filmsplans to explore this ever changing marketplace," Peckos said.

"As filmmakers continue to face the difficulties of findingdistribution we hope to become a destination for them to turn to in finding anenthusiastic audience."

Peckos will continue to work with Tartan over the next severalmonths to oversee the theatrical releases of Lady Vengeance, The Death Of MrLazarescu, Hidden Blade,and In My Father's Den.

She joined Tartan USA at its inception and during her tenureoversaw the releases of such titles as Old Boy and Mysterious Skin, and developed Tartan Video's DVD labelAsia Extreme.

Prior to Tartan Films, Peckos launched domestic distributor andworldwide marketing company Dada Films, and served as president of First LookPictures.

Tartan Films said it would release further information about its futureUS strategy in the next week.