Higuchi-Zitzmann exiting Telepool

Was head of theatrical ops less than six months

CANNES -- Yoko Higuchi-Zitzmann is stepping down as head of theatrical operations at Telepool after less than six months on the job.

Higuchi-Zitzmann, formerly head of acquisitions at Constantin Film, joined Telepool in January. She said she plans to take a break from the business to take care of her son, who was born last year.

Anja Uecker and Thomas Sierk will take over for Higuchi-Zitzmann, jointly running Telepool's German sales operations.

In another executive shuffle, Irina Ignatiew, currently head of international TV distribution, will add international theatrical sales to her duties in the newly created position of world sales head. She will work with program acquisitions chief Amelie von Kienlin.