UIP has appointed Roger Pollock as vice president, sales for South-East Asia, replacing Steve Ashmore who left the company earlier this week - reportedly as part of a cost-cutting exercise following MGM's withdrawal from the joint distribution venture.

Pollock will combine the position with his current role as general manager for Singapore and Malaysia. He will now also oversee Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand as well as lead UIP's activities in China.

Pollock has been with UIP since1987 and has worked for the company in the UK, Thailand, Korea and Singapore.

In addition, UIP has appointed Douglas Lee as marketing manager for Australia, combining this with his current role as director of marketing for South-East Asia and Australasia.