Marie Therese Guirgis has been named senior director of acquisitions at US distributor Wellspring Media, reporting to Krysanne Katsoolis, senior vice president of acquisitions, at the company which recently became independent of its former owner Winstar.

Guirgis joined Wellspring (aka Winstar) in 1999 and was soon after named manager of acquisitions, responsible for bringing movies into the company including Francois Ozon's hit Under The Sand, Jafar Panahi's The Circle, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's The Adventures Of Felix, Tsai Ming-liang's What Time Is It There' and Claude Miller's Betty Fisher.

Guirgis will attend Cannes this year with Katsoolis, seeking new product for US distribution.