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Columbia Pictures taps executives

Studio names creative exec, VPs of production

Columbia Pictures has upped DeVon Franklin and Adam Milano to VPs of production and named Lauren Abrahams creative exec.

Franklin joined the studio in 2005 from MGM, where he shepherded such projects as “Be Cool” and “Beauty Shop.” Since joining Sony, the onetime assistant to James Lassiter has helped oversee such Will Smith vehicles as “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Hancock.” He is working on the Smith starrer “Seven Pounds” and “The Ugly Truth,” among other films.

Milano, who joined the studio as an intern, was promoted to creative executive in 2004. During his tenure, he has helped oversee films including “Made of Honor,” “Vantage Point,” “The House Bunny” and the upcoming “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.”

Abrahams worked as a development assistant from 2004-06 at Sony-based Michael De Luca Prods. Since then, she has served as an assistant to Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach. She is serving as the junior exec on pics including “Salt,” “Zombieland” and “Flash Gordon.”