Ed Russell, a 14-year publicity vet at Columbia Pictures, will retire as the studio’s exec VP of worldwide publicity, promotions and field operations when his contract expires this year. The move was anticipated (Daily Variety, April 12).
“After nearly 30 years of working many six- and seven-day weeks, including hundreds of premieres, junkets and film festivals, I want to spend more time with my family and pursue all those areas of interest that I’ve had to put on the back burner,” Russell said.
“Ed is a consummate professional, a very talented executive and a good friend who has been an outstanding member of the marketing team,” said Bob Levin, Sony Pictures Entertainment president of worldwide marketing. “He will certainly be missed, and I wish him the very best as he enters the next phase of his life.”