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John Horgan has been appointed managing director of the slimmed-down United Intl. Pictures, which launches in January.

Horgan, who is senior veep of operations, has been with UIP since its 1981 inception and will become managing director on Jan. 1.

“Horgan’s vast knowledge of our business and management experience over many years equip him well to lead the new UIP into the future,” said UIP chairman-CEO Stewart Till. “We are making this announcement now to allow John to be involved in the development of the new UIP structure.”

As part of the shakeup, announced in September, UIP will distribute Paramount and Universal pics in 20 countries, down from the 35 countries in which it now operates. Par and U will establish their own separate international operations in the other 15 territories.

David Kosse has already been installed as Universal’s international topper, while UIP prexy and chief operating officer Andrew Cripps segues to Paramount to head its international theatrical distribution team on Jan. 1.

The countries in which UIP will continue to distribute are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.

UIP will continue to operate under its current structure and management led by Till and Cripps until Dec. 31.

Till has yet to announce his plans.