Belson moves to Henson Pix

Kristine Belson, senior VP of production at Columbia Pictures, will move to Jim Henson Pictures in the No. 2 slot behind prexy of production Stephanie Allain, the company announced Tuesday.

Belson, who does not have a title at the company yet, will report directly to Allain and will handle development and production for the family pic company. She is expected to join the Henson management retreat June 22 and will be in the office on June 23.

The move cuts short Belson’s stint at Columbia, where she went four months ago from her senior VP post at Turner Pictures.

Belson and Col senior VP of production Matt Tolmach both moved to the studio from Turner after the company was dissolved in December and president of production Amy Pascal was given the prexy post at Colpix.

Belson, who helped shepherd the John Travolta hit “Michael” for Turner, has been the point exec for the Henson Pictures deal at Sony. She also has been a longtime friend and colleague of Allain’s.

“Kristine is one of the brightest and most energetic executives in Hollywood,” said Allain in a statement. “Her passion for filmmaking will be instrumental in helping build Jim Henson Pictures into the most exciting brand name in family entertainment.”

Belson said she had wanted to work with Allain since they were both readers for CAA 10 years ago. “Since then we’ve both been fortunate enough to be mentored by Amy Pascal,” said Belson. “I can’t wait to apply everything I’ve learned toward helping Stephanie and Jim Henson Pictures, and I get to keep working with Columbia and Amy.”

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