StudioCanalParis, 29 February 2016: STUDIOCANAL, Europe’s leading studio in the production, rights acquisition, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, announces the appointment of Elizabeth Trotman as CEO of Australia and New Zealand.
Previously General Manager of Sales and Marketing at STUDIOCANAL in New Zealand, Elizabeth Trotman will report to Rodolphe Buet, STUDIOCANAL’s President International Marketing and Distribution for Films, Library and TV series. She succeeds Robert Slaviero, who is leaving the company. Her appointment will be effective as of March 14.
Driven by strong results in Great Britain and Germany, STUDIOCANAL has successfully expanded in Europe, and is now focused on accelerating its growth in Australia and New Zealand where the company set up operations nearly four years ago by purchasing Hoyts Distribution. With its unique dynamic, and proximity to Asia, this region is strategically important for STUDIOCANAL.
Rodolphe Buet said: “I am very pleased with the appointment of Elizabeth as the head of Australia and New Zealand. Elizabeth has a perfect understanding of STUDIOCANAL’s local activities and teams and we have faith in her marketing experience and expertise, as well as her international profile, to help the studio cross a new threshold in this part of the world. In addition to strengthening our local distribution activities, she will be responsible for initiating and developing local film production, which is strategic for us as a complement to our international productions policy.”
Elizabeth Trotman said: “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to lead the talented teams at STUDIOCANAL in Australia and New Zealand. We are operating in a rapidly changing media environment that represents both opportunity and challenges. STUDIOCANAL is a leading global provider of quality content across both film and television, so we are well positioned for growth in the Australasian market. A major focus for me will be to build and implement strategies that will enhance our growth in this diverse entertainment environment. ”
Elizabeth Trotman started her career at The Walt Disney Company. She worked for Warner Bros. Entertainment and then BBC Worldwide before joining Hoyts Distribution in 2002 where she has been the General Manager of Sales and Marketing since 2012.
STUDIOCANAL thanks Robert Slaviero for all his work at the head of Hoyts and would like to particularly thank him for his leadership and involvement in integrating the company into STUDIOCANAL following its acquisition in 2012.
STUDIOCANAL is Europe’s leader in production, rights acquisition, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series. STUDIOCANAL operates directly in all three major European markets, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. STUDIOCANAL has fully-financed recent box office hits like Paddington, Shaun the Sheep and Non Stop. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include The Commuter, featuring Liam Neeson, and Nick Park’s stop-motion movie Early Man, with Aardman Studios. STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of award-winning production companies, including Tandem Productions (Crossing Lines, Spotless) and the UK’s RED Production Company (Happy Valley). Additionally, STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, with more than 5,000 international titles. STUDIOCANAL’s parent company, CANAL+ Group, is fully-owned by Vivendi, a global media and content production and distribution group.