Sony Releasing ups Adrian Smith

Exec will help oversee domestic sales of Sony films

Adrian Smith has been upped to exec VP and general sales manager at Sony Pictures Releasing.

Smith will report to Jim Amos, prexy of Sony Pictures Releasing.

In his new role, Smith — in concert with Amos and worldwide distribution prexy Rory Bruer — will oversee the domestic sales of all Sony Pictures films. He’s currently working with exhibitors to book such titles as Columbia Pictures’ “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” “21 Jump Street,” “Men in Black 3,” “I Hate You Dad,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Total Recall,” as well as Screen Gems’ “Underworld Awakening,” “The Vow” and “Think Like a Man.”

“Adrian has been a respected member of our sales and distribution team for more than 20 years,” Amos said. “He has been crucial to our success with a wealth of knowledge and experience that few can match. As we look ahead to 2012 and beyond, our exhibition partners are as excited as we are about our upcoming slate of films and we look forward to relying on Adrian’s skills as we bring this high-profile slate to the marketplace. We are thrilled to recognize his hard work with this well-deserved promotion and look forward to his leadership in this important role.”

“I could not be more pleased to have Adrian in this new role,” added Bruer. “He has made me look good for years at TriStar and Sony Pictures Western Division, and he continues to be the consummate professional who is admired by his peers in exhibition and his colleagues at Sony Pictures. I believe that Adrian and Jim make an incredible team.”

Smith is a veteran of hundreds of release campaigns, having joined the studio’s TriStar Pictures in 1989 as Western district manager. He later became managing director — West for Sony Pictures Releasing and since 2000 has served as SPR’s senior VP and Western division manager. Prior to joining the studio, Smith held posts at 20th Century Fox and Cannon Releasing. He began his career at Mann’s Westwood theaters, then joined United Artists Releasing in 1979, starting as a booker before becoming the Detroit branch manager.