Van der Laan joins film, TV academy

Executive left Studio Hamburg last year

COLOGNE, Germany -- Sytze van der Laan, the former head of German production giant Studio Hamburg, has been named the new director of the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam.

The Dutch native will join the Academy on Sept. 1 and take over from current director Willem Capteyn in 2010.

Van der Laan left Studio Hamburg suddenly late last year in a move that surprised many in the German industry.

A veteran TV and film producer, van der Laan's credits include the kids feature franchise "The Three Investigators" and the Patricia Highsmith adaptation "Cry of the Owl" directed by Jamie Thraves.