13 MAR 2020

STUDIOCANAL UK APPOINTS ALEX HAMILTON AS ITS NEW CEO

Replacing Nicola Shindler, who will now be the company's Chief Creative Officer, the former Entertainment One UK executive will join the company and report to group CEO, Anna Marsh, starting on April, 2020.

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Studiocanal UK brought in former Entertainment One UK executive Alex Hamilton as its new CEO. He will report to group CEO Anna Marsh and will join the company on 22 April, 2020. "It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Alex to the helm of Studiocanal U.K.,” Marsh said. "He is the perfect fit, with vast industry experience, a passion for film, filmmakers and bringing top quality content to the British audience." 

Hamilton was recently President, International, Film and Managing Director of Entertainment One UK from 2008 to 2019, overseeing franchises of releases such as “Twilight,” “12 Years a Slave,” ”Mr. Turner,” “The Girl On The Train,” and more. During his years at Eone, Hamilton watched how the theatrical startup grew into an independent distributor worth more than 725 million pounds ($909 million) at the U.K. box office during his term. "Alex’s experience and in-depth knowledge of the UK market are essential assets to accelerate the development of StudioCanal in its ambition of becoming a leader in the production and distribution of European films and series," said Maxime Saada, CEO and Chairman of Canal+ Group and Chairman of Studiocanal. 

Hamilton will replace Nicola Shindler, whose new role will be Chief Creative Officer after serving as CEO for the company since late 2018. Schindler established “Happy Valley” and “Years and Years," in which Studiocanal has a stake. In her CCO role, she will retain her current position as CEO of Studiocanal-owned RED and continue to develop U.K. productions for the company, such as shark attack thriller “Something in the Water,” which is currently in development and due later this year. 

“I am really excited to join one of the world’s greatest film companies," said Hamilton. "I have long admired the slate and ambition of Studiocanal and will take great pride in driving the U.K. business further forward."

Alex’s experience and in-depth knowledge of the UK market are essential assets to accelerate the development of Studiocanal in its ambition of becoming a leader in the production and distribution of European films and series” Maxime Saada CEO and Chairman of Canal+ Group and Chairman of StudioCanal