Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach Named Presidents of Columbia Pictures

-Promotion Recognizes Five-Year Record of Success-



Mar 04, 2008, 00:00 ET from Columbia Pictures

    CULVER CITY, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Doug Belgrad and Matt
 Tolmach have each been named president of Columbia Pictures and have
 extended their employment agreements with the studio through 2011, it was
 announced today by Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
 Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of the studio.
 
     Belgrad and Tolmach have been running production at the studio since
 2003.
 
     During their tenure, they have overseen one of the most lucrative and
 successful eras in Columbia Pictures history, shepherding a string of hits
 that includes the blockbuster Spider-Man franchise, Casino Royale,
 Superbad, Hitch, The DaVinci Code, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky
 Bobby, Ghost Rider, The Pursuit of Happyness, Click, 50 First Dates, The
 Grudge, and many others.
 
     Since Belgrad and Tolmach took over the reigns as Columbia's presidents
 of production in 2003, films under their guidance have grossed
 approximately $7.6 billion. The pair has accumulated one of the strongest
 records in the industry, with 25 titles developed and produced by them and
 their team opening #1, including the current hit Vantage Point. Belgrad and
 Tolmach will continue overseeing the studio's productions reporting to
 Pascal and Lynton.
 
     "When I look back at what Doug and Matt have achieved as presidents of
 production since 2003, I see a track record of success that rivals the best
 partnerships in Hollywood history," said Pascal. "Matt and Doug have made
 Columbia Pictures a first-stop destination, a place where filmmakers,
 writers, and actors want to bring their best projects, and that is the
 highest compliment one can pay to any executive in their position. They are
 trusted for their story sense and their production skills and they have
 earned the respect of filmmakers and the creative community."
 
     "Matt and Doug have consistently presented a diverse slate of films
 that play not just domestically, but all over the world," said Lynton.
 "They are very in tune with the growing demands of our business and have
 not only effectively developed and managed our tentpole franchises, such as
 Spider-Man and Bond, but have also balanced the slate with high quality,
 moderately priced films like Superbad and Vantage Point."
 
     In 2004 and 2006, Sony Pictures was #1 in market share, thanks in large
 measure to films from Columbia Pictures.
 
     This year, Belgrad and Tolmach have assembled a highly anticipated
 slate which includes such films as You Don't Mess with the Zohan, starring
 Adam Sandler, Hancock, starring Will Smith, Step Brothers, starring Will
 Ferrell, the 22nd James Bond adventure Quantum of Solace, starring Daniel
 Craig, Pineapple Express, starring Seth Rogen, The Year One, starring Jack
 Black and Michael Cera, The Pink Panther 2, starring Steve Martin, The
 International, starring Clive Owen, Made of Honor, starring Patrick
 Dempsey, and 21, starring Jim Sturgess, among other titles.
 
     Belgrad and Tolmach and their production team are also in
 pre-production on such films as Angels & Demons, starring Tom Hanks, The
 Taking of Pelham One Two Three, starring Denzel Washington and John
 Travolta, Will Smith's Seven Pounds, The Ugly Truth, starring Katherine
 Heigl, Mall Cop, starring Kevin James, Roland Emmerich's 2012, and
 Spider-Man 4.
 
     Belgrad and Tolmach jointly oversee Columbia's slate of 12 to 14 films
 annually. They are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
 and serve on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Media Association.
 
     About Sony Pictures Entertainment
 
     Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation
 of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's
 global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution;
 television production and distribution; digital content creation and
 distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition
 and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new
 entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of
 filmed entertainment in more than 100 countries. Sony Pictures
 Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at
 http://www.sonypictures.com.
 
 
For More Information, contact: Steve Elzer Senior Vice President, Media Relations Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group (310) 244-7142 steve_elzer@spe.sony.com

SOURCE Columbia Pictures