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Colpix hikes confirmed

Columbia Pictures made official on Thursday the promotions of Sid Ganis to vice chairman of the studio and Lisa Henson to president, confirming a Daily Variety report that the promotions were imminent.

The appointments ensconce Ganis and Henson as the top two executives at Colpix, following former chairman Mark Canton’s appointment in January as chairman of the overall Columbia TriStar motion picture companies.

The two executives will effectively team to run Colpix, freeing Canton to concentrate on his new oversight role.

In addressing creative issues, a Columbia source said Ganis and Henson will both attend greenlight meetings with Canton and Sony Pictures motion picture group president Jonathan Dolgen. Henson will be the driving force behind day-to-day production decisions.

Ganis ascends from his post as corporate executive vice president and president of marketing and distribution, while Henson ascends to corporate president from her previous post as president of production after just eight months on the job. A Columbia insider said the studio will leave the production and marketing prexy posts vacant.

The studio said the promotions of Ganis and Henson are the last of a number of executive arrivals and departures at the studio since last summer, including the exit of corporate executive vice president and former production prexy Michael Nathanson to run Arnon Milchan’s New Regency Prods.

“The promotions complete all of the key elements to make Columbia Pictures a leading force in the industry,” the statement said.

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