CTMPG taps publicity pair as exec vps


Andre Caraco and Gigi Semone have been named executive vps publicity at the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, marketing president Valerie Van Galder said Tuesday.

Caraco will oversee the West Coast publicity team based in Los Angeles, while Semone will handle the same duties for the studio's East Coast office. Together, they will develop publicity strategies on all feature films released by Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios. Both execs will report to Van Galder.

"Andre and Gigi have consistently developed and executed Columbia's successful and extraordinary PR campaigns on a range of projects including 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,' " Van Galder said.

Caraco began his career at sister company TriStar Pictures 1989 as a junior publicist in the field department, eventually rising to vp national publicity at Columbia. Most recently, he was senior vp publicity.

Semone joined the studio in 2001 as senior vp publicity, responsible for devising campaign strategies and overseeing all publicity efforts with the New York media. Before joining Columbia, she was vp East Coast publicity at Buena Vista Pictures Marketing.