StudioCanal has announced the departure of board vice president and managing director in charge of international development Frederic Sichler. Sichler, who formerly ran StudioCanal's operations in Paris, has been shuttling between London and Paris since the company took over the UK's Optimum Releasing in May of 2006.

According to a statement by StudioCanal, Sichler will leave his functions at the end of the year for a 'new international, professional adventure,' but will keep close ties with Canal Plus.

Sichler joined StudioCanal in 2003 as managing director and helped to restructure the company during a financially difficult time.