Comedy guru Kadin upped to sr. vp at Col

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Columbia has upped Jonathan Kadin to senior vp production at the studio.

Kadin, who joined Columbia as a creative executive in 2000, recently worked on the development and production of the summer comedy hit "Superbad."

Kadin will continue to report to Columbia presidents of production Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach.

"Not only does Jonathan have one of the best ears for comedy in the business, but he is respected across the board by filmmakers, talent, agents, writers and his colleagues at the studios," the co-presidents said.

During his tenure at Columbia, Kadin has contributed to several comedy hits, including "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "RV," "Hitch" and "Fun With Dick and Jane."

Kadin is overseeing development of "Stepbrothers," reuniting "Talladega" stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly; "Pineapple Express," starring Seth Rogan and James Franco; "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," starring Reilly; and "Year One," with Jack Black and Michael Cera.

Kadin started his career as a finance associate at Walt Disney Studios in 1996 and later as an assistant to Jimmy Miller at the now-defunct management-production company Gold/Miller.
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