Exec named president of business affairs

Andrew Gumpert has been upped to president of business affairs and administration for Columbia Pictures.

In his new post, Gumpert will not only oversee deal negotiations and administration for the studio but will be integrally involved in the budgeting and financing aspects of all of Columbia’s theatrical releases. He will work closely with Columbia presidents Matt Tolmach and Doug Belgrad as well as Peter Schlessel, prexy of worldwide affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“Our relationships with onscreen and behind-the-camera talent alike are the lifeblood of our business — the business of storytelling,” said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of SPE and chairman of SPE Motion Pictures Group. “Andrew’s dealmaking expertise is a great complement to the leadership Matt and Doug have brought to managing Columbia Pictures and building our upcoming slate.”

Added SPE chairman and CEO Michael Lynton, “Andrew has consistently demonstrated strong leadership in addition to his savvy negotiating skills throughout his rise at Columbia.”

During his four-year tenure at the studio, Gumpert has been actively involved in negotiations surrounding many of the studio’s top productions including “Quantum of Solace,” “Hancock,” “Casino Royale,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Spider-Man 3,” among others.

Before SPE, Gumpert led business and legal affairs for Miramax’s Dimension Films division for seven years. This post was preceded by Gumpert’s first tenure at Columbia in the legal department in 1995. He began his career as a business litigator with the law firm Hill, Wynne, Troop and Meisinger.

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