Naish managing director at Capitol

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Former Icon Entertainment International chief Peter Naish has been hired as managing director of Capitol Films, the London-based financier and sales house said Wednesday.

Naish is set at month's end to join Capitol head of sales James Norrie and ThinkFilm International head of sales Eve Schoukroun, both of whom will report to Naish, in planning for the upcoming Marche du Film at Cannes.

"Capitol has always had a solid foundation as one of the world's leading sales and production companies," Naish said. "To be part of the company's ambitious plans to grow, of which the acquisition of ThinkFilm was just the start, is a great opportunity, and I'm looking forward to working with a hugely experienced and talented team."

Capitol chairman David Bergstein described Naish's experience in the international sales business as "a strong addition to the U.K. office" and said it would ramp up the team ahead of the Festival de Cannes.

Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Bergstein acquired Capitol in early 2006.
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