Tim Buxton, formerly chief operating officer of MTM Entertainment, has been named managing director of Hannibal, the new London-based TV production partnership between Italy’s RCS Video and Germany’s Tele-Munchen.

Buxton’s appointment will be officially confirmed at next week’s Mip-TV program market in Cannes, when Hannibal will present its first production, “Spread Eagle,” a four-hour mini based on the Ken Follet novel.

Hannibal is also understood to have picked Fabrizio Chiesa, currently co-production chief of French firm Hamster, as its director of production. Hamster and Tele-Munchen are both part-owned by Capital Cities/ABC.

Hannibal has plans to produce telefilms and minis in English for the international market.

Buxton joined MTM after it was acquired by TVS Entertainment in 1988. MTM’s new owner, International Family Entertainment, announced last month that it was eliminating the post of chief operating officer.

Before MTM, Buxton was chief executive of London-based Itel, the program distribution arm of Angila V.

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