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COLUMBIA HIRES MARSHALL

Columbia Pictures has bolstered its business affairs department with the hiring of Michael Marshall as senior vp. Marshall comes from Our Stories Films, where he was executive vp business and legal affairs. In his new position, Marshall will negotiate development and production deals for the studio's features, including rights acquisitions and personal-service deals for writers, directors, producers and actors. He will report to Andrew Gumpert, senior executive vp business affairs for the studio.

PERE GOES PACKING

Olivier Pere, artistic director of Festival de Cannes sidebar Directors' Fortnight, will head from the French Riviera to the Swiss Alps as artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival in 2010, organizers said Thursday.
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