Co. marks record year at B.O.

SYNEY — Celebrating a record year at the global B.O., Columbia Pictures has rewarded one of its key international theatrical execs with promotion.

Jay Sands has been upped to senior VP, international operations for Columbia TriStar Film Distributors Intl. Sands had been VP since he joined the company in 2000.

“Jay’s skills and experience are vital to our efforts to run an international business in a centralized fashion out of Los Angeles,” said Mark Zucker, senior executive VP at CTFDI. “He’s a driving force in developing ways and means to share ideas and information on a global basis. “

Sony has notched a company record $2.8 billion at the worldwide B.O. this year, including $1.291 billion overseas.

Sands is responsible for sales administration of Columbia TriStar’s international theatrical business, including building worldwide data sharing systems, analyzing data to support release planning, and monitoring dating and sales policy execution around the globe. He continues as a liaison with executives, producers, agents and trade press for CTFDI’s B.O. performance.

Before joining Sony, he was senior VP operations and administration at MGM. He began his career in 1976 working in various sales capacities for Columbia Pictures in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and L.A. From 1989–1994 he was Columbia’s VP, eastern division manager.

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