Sony Pictures Entertainment has promoted Gelena Weissman to VP Head of Business Affairs Administration and Rey Cuerdo to VP Business Affairs Administration. They will oversee and manage development and production deals at Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Cuerdo will report to Weissman; Weissman will report to SPE Worldwide Business Affairs & Operations president Andrew Gumpert.
CULVER CITY, Calif., January 10, 2011 – Michael Marshall has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, it was announced today by Andrew Gumpert, President of Worldwide Business Affairs and Operations for Columbia Pictures. In that role, he will continue to negotiate development and production related deals for Columbia Pictures’ feature projects, including rights acquisition and personal services deals for writers, directors, producers, and actors. Marshall joined Columbia Pictures in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs. Since then, he has overseen the deals for The Bounty Hunter and the forthcoming film Battle: Los Angeles, and is currently overseeing business affairs on the next Spider-Man film, Men in Black 3, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as Total Recall, which is now in development.
Culver City, CA – November 30, 2010 – Andrew Gumpert has been promoted to President, Worldwide Business Affairs and Operations for Columbia Pictures, it was announced today by Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy Pascal, co-chairman, to whom he will jointly report. Gumpert will work closely with Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad while also serving as a key strategic advisor to Lynton and Pascal. He will oversee worldwide business affairs and operations for Columbia and will be integrally involved in securing co-financing arrangements and new and emerging revenue streams for the label’s theatrical releases.
In his years with Columbia, Gumpert has overseen negotiations for many of the studio’s most high profile productions, including the re-imagining of the Spider-Man franchise, Men in Black III, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Social Network, Grown Ups, 2012, Quantum of Solace, Hancock, Casino Royale, The Da Vinci Code, Spider-Man 3, Superbad, and the upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, among others. Gumpert joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2005 as Executive Vice President of Business Affairs for Columbia and was promoted to President of Business Affairs & Administration for the label in 2008. He previously led business and legal affairs for Miramax’s Dimension Films division for seven years.