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Columbia Promotes Gumpert to President of Biz Affairs

Andrew Gumpert has been promoted to President of Business Affairs and Administration for Columbia Pictures.

Gumpert will report jointly to Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Ent. (SPE) and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of SPE and Chairman, SPE Motion Pictures Group.

As President of Business Affairs and Administration for Columbia, Gumpert will work closely with Columbia Presidents Matt Tolmach and Doug Belgrad. He will not only oversee deal negotiations and administration for the studio, but will be integrally involved in the budgeting and financing aspects of all of Columbia's theatrical releases. In this position, Gumpert will also work closely with Peter Schlessel, President of Worldwide Affairs for Sony Pictures Ent.

In his four years with Columbia, Gumpert has been actively involved in negotiations surrounding many of the studio's top productions including QUANTUM OF SOLACE, HANCOCK, CASINO ROYALE, THE DA VINCI CODE, SPIDER-MAN 3, SUPERBAD and the upcoming SEVEN POUNDS, among others.

Prior to returning to Sony Pictures Ent. in 2005, Gumpert led Business and Legal Affairs for Miramax's Dimension Films division for seven years. This position was preceded by Gumpert's first tenure at Columbia in the legal department in 1995. Gumpert began his career as a business litigator with the law firm Hill, Wynne, Troop and Meisinger.