FilmFour has appointed Peter McAleese as head of physical production.

The producer of Twin Town and co-producer of Spice World replaces Caroline Hewitt, who returns to operate as an independent producer. McAleese's credits also include line producer on Bridget Jones's Diary and co-producer on Gillies MacKinnon's The Escapist. He worked as assistant director films including Hidden Agenda and Riff Raff.

"We are sad to see Caroline go. She has expertly steered high profile projects like Charlotte Gray and Buffalo Soldiers and I have no doubt we will be working with her soon as an independent producer," said FilmFour chief executive Paul Webster. "We are delighted to welcome Peter McAleese, who comes to us with an impressive track record and reputation as a true hands-on filmmaker."