Oliver Schuendler has been appointed to replace Carina Vogel as head of co-production at Bavaria Media, the international production and rights arm of German mini-major Bavaria Film.

Schuendler, a producer at Bavaria Film, is best known for his German-language mini-series and TV movies. At Bavaria Media he will be responsible for the company's international co-production activities, including its recent deal with Italy's RAI Cinema for TV projects and eventually theatrical features (ScreenDaily, November 17).

Vogel, who is retiring, has been with Bavaria since 1968 and has been head of co-production since 1989.