Trio upped at Columbia

New titles for Franklin, Milano, Abrahams

Columbia Pictures has promoted DeVon Franklin and Adam Milano to vp production and upped Lauren Abrahams to creative executive.

Franklin has been an exec for Columbia since 2005, helping oversee several of the studio's projects with Will Smith, including "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Hancock" and "Seven Pounds" as well as the studio's spring hit "21." He also is overseeing the next installment in the "Pink Panther" series and "The Ugly Truth," among others.

Milano joined Columbia in 2000 fresh out of college and was promoted to creative executive four years later, overseeing such films as "Made of Honor," "30 Days of Night" and "Vantage Point."

Abrahams joined the studio in 2006 as an assistant to Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach. She is working as a junior executive on several projects, including "Salt," "Zombieland" and "Flash Gordon" and "Winter's Discontent."

"This promotion acknowledges their past contributions and recognizes their importance as key contributors to the studio's ongoing success," Columbia presidents Tolmach and Doug Belgrad said of Milano and Franklin.

Of Abrahams, they said, "It's been our pleasure to watch Lauren grow within the department, and we have already come to rely on her intelligence and prodigious work ethic."
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