Steven O'Dell will step into his role effective immediately

Mark Zucker, prexy of Sony Pictures Releasing Intl., has retired, Sony announced Wednesday. Steven O’Dell has been elevated to fill the position effective immediately.

A 36-year veteran in the industry, 27 of which were spent at Sony, Zucker has overseen international releases for such films as the “Spider-Man” franchise, “The Da Vinci Code,” the two most recent James Bond films and this year’s overseas B.O. hit “The Smurfs.”

“We all dream of retiring when we’re on top, but Mark has been on top for many years — we are thrilled to see him enjoy this next chapter,” said Sony prexy of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer. “We also are thrilled to have Steven as our new international president. Steven is innovative, collaborative, and a strong leader.”

O’Dell joined Sony in 2005 as VP, and was promoted in 2009 to senior VP, a role in which he most recently oversaw Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, and Scandinavia.

Prior to joining Sony, O’Dell worked with United Intl. Pictures in Central America and the Caribbean, and held management positions for UPI in Chile, Austria, Brazil and Mexico.

Zucker became prexy of distribution for SPRI in 2006, then two years later was given the new title of SPRI prexy. He has managed and overseen international distribution for all Sony pics, including those at Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics.

He’s set to retire next month.

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