StudioCanal ups German CEO to deputy chief

France-based StudioCanal has appointed the head of its German division, Rodolphe Buet, as its deputy CEO.

Rodolphe BuetBuet (left) has been CEO of StudioCanal Germany since 2012. He is now moving up and will be replaced by his deputy, Kalle Friz, who moves up from COO.

Both changes take affect on March 1, with Buet reporting into StudioCanal CEO Olivier Courson and Friz reporting into Buet.

Buet will now oversee all international distribution and marketing of films, TV series and catalogue titles, and will also oversee StudioCanal Germany, StudioCanal Australia/New Zealand and StudioCanal China.

He has been with StudioCanal since 2005, first as commercial director before moving up, to ultimately run the German business.

Friz, meanwhile, is a former Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox Germany executive. He joined StudioCanal Germany in 2009 as executive VP, theatrical distribution, and has been COO since 2014.

StudioCanal owns a majority stake in German-based producer-distribution Tandem Communications among other assets. It also bought UK-based prodco Red Production Company, a move TBI reported first in October 2013.