Exec leaves Columbia for strategic advisor post

Gareth Wigan, a 21-year employee of Columbia Pictures, is stepping down from his post co-running the studio’s international motion pictures production group and will segue to a position as strategic advisor to Sony Pictures Entertainment’s international film business.

Prexy Deborah Schindler, with whom Wigan ran the division, will take the reins solo.

“While it is the right time to cut back a little bit, I’m not at all thinking about retirement,” Wigan said. “This role will allow me to remain involved in doing what I love, while continuing to add value to the company, which has been such a big part of my life.”

Said Sony Pictures CEO and chairman Michael Lynton: “Almost single-handedly, Gareth built up our international film business, making him a real pioneer in our industry. He recognized early on the power of the global market.”

Wigan will also relinquish his title of vice chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, a post he has held since 1997.

He joined the studio in 1987 as a consultant. Before Columbia, Wigan was a partner with Paula Weinstein in a production company that released “American Flyers”  in 1985.

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