Amy Pascal has been named chairman of Columbia Pictures, it was announced by John Calley, chairman-CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
But while the extra stars come as a reward for what Calley called her “superior taste in material, great talent relationships and an innovative approach to filmmaking,” — little appears to have changed in the reporting structure.
Pascal, who has held the prexy post since 1996, will continue to supervise production, and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s marketing and exhibition toppers Bob Levin and Jeff Blake, respectively, will continue to report to Calley.
And, Pascal said, no one will be receiving her former presidential stripes.
“We don’t need and won’t have a president of production,” she said.
Calley went on to praise Pascal’s leadership and eye for material:
Trio of winners
“Under Amy’s guidance in 1999, we’ve enjoyed the tremendous successes of ‘Big Daddy,’ ‘Blue Streak’ and ‘Cruel Intentions,’ ” Calley said.
Col will finish out the year with three high-quality films with great award potential, Calley said, citing”Girl, Interrupted,” starring Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder; “The End of the Affair,” directed by Neil Jordan; and the family comedy “Stuart Little,” directed by Rob Minkoff and featuring the voice of Michael J. Fox.
Pascal has several high-profile pics on the development horizon, including potential franchise pic “Spiderman”; Steven Spielberg’s “Memoirs of a Geisha”; “Ali,” starring Will Smith; and Penny Marshall’s “Riding in Cars With Boys.”