LA-based Senator International, the US production and distribution arm of Germany's Senator Entertainment, has made two key appointments, hiring Brian Goldsmith as chief financial officer and executive vice president of operations and Paula Call as senior vice president of business and legal affairs.

Goldsmith first consulted for Senator International on Luis Mandoki's 24 Hours; he will now be responsible for the overall operational and financial aspects of the company including negotiating production financing and deal structures. He reports directly to company president Joe Drake.

He was previously an independent consultant focusing on digital media strategy and film financing. Prior to that, he was director for Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group's home video, finance and corporate development division.

Call, who also reports directly to Drake, was previously senior counsel - motion picture group, at Columbia Pictures. At Senator she will take the lead role in the operation and development of the business affairs and legal department.