Exec to head up Releasing department

Jim Amos has been upped to president of Sony Pictures Releasing.

Amos, a 25-year veteran of the studio who most recently was Sony Pictures’ division manager and senior VP of distribution for the Eastern division, fills the vacancy left open when Rory Bruer was recently promoted to prexy of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution.

In his new role, Amos will oversee the domestic distribution of films such as “Angels & Demons,” “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Julie & Julia,” “The Pink Panther 2,” “The International” and “2012.”

Amos, who will continue to report to Bruer, joined the studio in 1984 as Columbia Pictures’ sales trainee in Boston branch. During his tenure, he has worked on 47 films that have each raked in more than $100 million at the box office, including “Men in Black,” “Ghostbusters” and “Hitch.”

In 2007, Amos oversaw the distribution in the U.S. and Canada of “Saawariya,” the first Hindi-language feature produced and distributed by a major Hollywood studio.

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