Columbia Pictures’ top creative and production execs will now share the same title, that of executive veepee, Col’s prexy Amy Pascal announced Wednesday.
Doug Belgrad, Michael Costigan, and Matt Tolmach — who all formerly held the titles of senior veepees — were promoted, and Amy Baer, who had served as an exec veepee at TriStar since 1996, has reupped at Col for an additional three years in the same capacity.
Pascal singled each out as “an invaluable asset,” and said “each one of these executives has consistently demonstrated superb judgment and creative instincts throughout their tenure at the studio.”
Baer’s sterling record
Since the Col/TriStar merger, Baer has supervised such hit pics as “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Mask of Zorro” — both of which grossed more than $200 million worldwide — as well as “Stepmom” and “Blue Streak.”
She is overseeing the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News” by Annie Proulx, and the sequel to “Jumanji.”
Doug Belgrad, who recently oversaw development and production of Col’s summer laffer “Big Daddy” also was responsible for supervising the studio’s biggest grosser ever, “Men in Black.”
He is supervising the Garry Shandling starrer “What Planet Are You From?” and “Sixth Day.”
Michael Costigan has supervised “Cruel Intentions” as well as Milos Forman’s “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”
Seen by many as Pascal’s go-to guy, he is shepherding Col’s big budget CGI/live action family pic, “Stuart Little,” due out this Christmas, as well as pics “Hanging Up” starring Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow and the adaptation of “All the Pretty Horses” helmed by Billy Bob Thornton and starring Matt Damon. Costigan is handling “Charlie’s Angels” and Amy Heckerling’s comedy “The Loser.”
Matt Tolmach, who joined the studio in 1997, cut his Sony teeth supervising a spate of youth-oriented pics, including “Spice World,” “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.”
Having scored big there, he has since been entrusted with developing and supervising such high-brow fare as the adaptation of Graham Greene’s “End of the Affair” with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore, helmed by Neil Jordan, and “Center Stage” (working title) helmed by Nicholas Hytner.
Tolmach is also supervising the upcoming Sandra Bullock laffer, “28 Days,” helmed by Betty Thomas, due out next year, and is also in charge of turning the big-budget actioner “Spider-Man,” penned by “Lost World: Jurassic Park” scribe David Koepp, into a franchise.
He’s also responsible for the supervision of “L.A. Confidential” co-scribe Brian Helgeland’s new costumer, “A Knight’s Tale.”
Concluded Pascal: “Amy, Doug, Matt and Michael make a team of which I am enormously proud.”