Universal Pics Benelux taps acquisitions chief

Jasper Van Hecke movinh from Sprout Prods.

LONDON -- Universal Pictures Benelux, a division of Universal Pictures International Entertainment, has hired Jasper Van Hecke to head its acquisitions operations.

Van Hecke is charged with acquisitions across all genres in the region and will report directly to Jerry Bellamy, acquisitions director France/Benelux, the company said Thursday.

Van Hecke joins from Stephen Fry and Gina Carter's U.K.-based film and TV production banner Sprout Prods. where, as head of development and production, he worked across all genres.