Fox Home Entertainment promotes trio


LONDON -- 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced Tuesday a restructuring of its international operations that will give company veteran Gary Ferguson an expanded role as senior vp emerging markets.

Ferguson, who was senior vp Europe, will be responsible for developing a viable business in China and Russia and for identifying expansion opportunities in Brazil. He also will supervise Fox's worldwide licensee operation and play a key part in the division's aggressive anti-piracy agenda.

"There is tremendous growth potential for our industry within such thriving markets as Russia, China and Brazil, and we've made a long-term commitment to realizing these possibilities," said Keith Feldman, executive vp and GM of TCFHE International.

"This year, Fox broke records when 'Night at the Museum' became the biggest foreign DVD title of all time in Russia, where we are also poised to double our business in 2007," Feldman said. "In China, we established an exclusive partnership last year with leading distributor Zoke Culture Group. To maintain this momentum, we've assembled an executive team ideally suited to driving our Fox and MGM business forward in these markets, while sustaining our core strategies."

Ferguson joined Fox in 1995 as managing director of its U.K. arm.

Additionally, TCFHE said U.K. managing director Steven Leighton has been promoted to the newly created role of senior vp Northern Europe.

Leighton will continue to supervise day-to-day operations in the U.K. but also will bring his extensive retail experience to Fox's business in Germany and manage TCFHE's long-standing Nordic partnership with Svensk Filmindustri.

Effective July 30, former Warner Home Video executive Marc Caux will join TCFHE as senior vp Southern Europe, overseeing the division's offices in France, Benelux, Italy and Spain. He will undertake a leading role in partnering with Carrefour, where Fox operates as DVD category manager across the four territories, as well as manage the French joint-venture relationships with Pathe and Europa.

Caux served as general manager at Warner Home Video Canada and Warner Home Video Brazil as well as managing director at Vivendi Universal Pictures Brazil. He also held senior-level positions at Disneyland France, Viacom Interactive Entertainment and Warner Home Video France.

Ferguson, Leighton and Caux will report to Feldman at TCFHE's Los Angeles headquarters.