Col ups Toll to sr. legal VP

Roger Toll was promoted Monday to senior veepee of legal affairs and associate general counsel for Columbia Pictures, bumping him up a notch after 14 months as veepee of legal affairs.

Toll, who is responsible for drafting contracts and negotiating the finer points of Columbia Pictures movie deals, fills a void left by Mark Resnick, who ankled the company to take a top legal job at20th Century Fox.

Toll supervises a staff of six attorneys at Columbia. The studio is currently attempting to fill a seventh barrister position within the legal affairs department.

Despite obvious speculation, Toll is not currently involved in the internal investigation at Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment. As previously reported, Columbia and Sony are delving into possible links among Westside drug and prostitution rings, studio development deals and a handful of senior-level executives.

The corporate-based legal affairs department works with Columbia’s business affairs branch, which is headed by executive veepee Gary Shrager and handles the majority of movie deals and producer pacts at the studio. Toll joined Columbia in 1992, following a five-year stint at the firm Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger.

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