After 23 years as CEO of Sonet Film, the leading Swedish producer-distributor owned by Modern Times Group, Peter Posne is leaving the company. As of Jan 1, 2008, he will be replaced by head of legal affairs and deputy manager Mathias Berggren.

Originally Posne set up Sonet to import and distribute European films, releasing such titles as Baghdad Cafe, Delicatessen, The Big Blue and Nikita. During the last ten years the company has increasingly specialised in Swedish cinema, both as a distributor and producer.

Sonet Film co-produced Kay Pollak's As In Heaven - the 2004 feature which became the most populær Swedish film in 15 years, totaling 1.4m admissions domestically, before it went on to sell 1.3m tickets in Germany.

The company's most recent slate of local productions includes Simon Staho's Daisy Diamond, Petter Næss' The Jump, Daniel Alfredson's Wolf, Johan Brisinger's My Open Arms, Matthew Allen's Walk the Talk and Anders Nilsson's When Darkness Falls.

Sonet Film also announced that it has entered an alliance with Norway's CCV and Finland's Cinema Mondo to acquire Scandinavian rights for international films - 'in order to strengthen our ambition of continuing our work with this kind of fare,' Berggren says.

The first slate of films, to be released in Sweden between 2007-2009, includes Hayao Miyazaki's animated Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Nausicaa-Valley of the Wind, Laputa-Castle in the Sky and Whisper of the heart; Goro Miyazaki's Tales from Earth Sea; and Spanish director Juan Antonio's The Orphanage.

The line-up also includes The Fox and the Child, from French director Luc Jacquet; Mr Nobody by Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael, starring Jared Leto and Sarah Polley; Martyrs, from French director Pascal Laugier; and two drama documentaries, Emir Kusturica's Maradona and Call of the North, from National Geographic.