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Christian Grass has been upped to senior VP of Europe at 20th Century Fox Intl.

Based in London, Grass will oversee all of Fox Filmed Entertainment’s European theatrical distribution, sales and marketing operations. First studio projects on Grass’ plate are the pics “Fight Club,” “Anna and the King” and “The Beach.” Grass replaces Jorge Canizares, who recently retired from the company.

“Christian has been an instrumental part of the success of a broad range of Fox films in Europe, best exemplified by ‘The Full Monty,’ ‘Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,’ ‘There’s Something About Mary’ and ‘Titanic,’ ” said 20th Century Fox Intl. prexy James Gianopulos.

First joining the studio in 1996 as VP of marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Grass has also drummed up buzz for the pics “Independence Day,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “The X-Files,” “Anastasia” and “The Thin Red Line.”

Previously, Grass worked as VP of international marketing at Miramax Intl., supervising publicity for the overseas releases of “Pulp Fiction,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Pret-a-Porter” and “Heavenly Creatures.”

In other Fox Intl. moves, Paul Higginson will assume expanded responsibilities as VP of finance and business affairs. He will manage all of the studio’s business affairs, while continuing to supervise the company’s day-to-day financial and administrative activities.

Working his way up through various Fox studio posts since 1980, Higginson most recently served as the company’s European VP of finance.