UPI beefs up French division


Universal Pictures International, the studio's overseas releasing arm, is ramping up its French operations with a series of hires for its newly launched Paris-based arm.

UPI France managing director Stephane Huard said Thursday that Jean-Michel Lorenzi has joined the French outpost as sales director, while Stephane Rethore has come aboard as marketing director and Myriam Peyre has been named technical director.

The trio will report to Huard and spearhead the campaigns for UPI's slate of upcoming releases as well as local-language productions.

The first release will be "Mamma Mia!" which will open the Deauville Film Festival next week.

"These appointments represent a major step in creating and expanding Universal's on-the-ground presence in France," Huard said.

Huard reports to Duncan Clark, executive vp international distribution, and is responsible for the marketing and distribution strategies for all theatrical titles under the Universal banner in France. (partialdiff)