Tartan Films has expandedthe role of UK-based managing director Laura De Castoto also run Tartan USA in addition to her UK duties. She has become managing director of US theatrical and home entertainment, effectiveimmediately.

De Castowill primarily continue to work out of Tartan's London office but will travel to Los Angeles as needed.

DeCasto has been managing director of Tartan Films in the UK for the past eight years.

Tartan established the US outfit in July 2004 and MJ Peckosheaded that operation until her departure in May 2006.

"As Tartanis buying for both the US and the UK it is now imperative that bothoperations are brought under the same umbrella," said Tartan founder Hamish McAlpine. "I am delighted that Laura De Casto has decidedto bring to the USA her unique talents which have madeour company such a success story in the UK."

De Castoadded: 'It's a veryexciting time for the company, and I am really looking forward to building onthe reputation that Tartan has established in the UK. "