European production giant Studiocanal has named Elizabeth Trotman its new managing director of its London-based affiliate Studiocanal UK.
Trotman, who has headed up the company’s operations down under as CEO of Studiocanal Australia & New Zealand since 2016, will shift to Studiocanal’s London offices as of Jan. 1. She will work with Studiocanal UK CEO Nicola Shindler.
Studiocanal, which is controlled by French media giant Vivendi, is behind such family features as Paddington and Early Man, action thrillers like Commuter and Non-Stop and such dramas as James Marsh’s King of Thieves and Mike Newell’s The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society.
In announcing the appointment, Shindler noted Trotman’s success launching such hits as Paddington 2, John Wick 2 and The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society in Australia/New Zealand.
“Her in-depth knowledge of the company and of the entertainment industry, including the U.K. market where she worked before, will be a great addition to Studiocanal UK and we are very happy to have her on board,” she said.
Studiocanal said it will soon announce Trotman’s replacement as CEO of its Australia/New Zealand unit.
Before joining Studiocanal, Trotman held various positions at The Walt Disney Company in New Zealand and Asia, at Warner Bros. in London and at Australian distribution group Hoyts. She joined Studiocanal after the company acquired Hoyts in 2012.
Shindler took over the helm of Studiocanal’s U.K. division this month, replacing Danny Perkins, who stepped down after eight years at the job. Shindler is a hugely respected British television exec whose credits include Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax and the recent Netflix drama Safe.