Gumpert overseeing business affairs at Col


Sony has promoted Andrew Gumpert to president of business affairs and administration at Columbia Pictures.

Gumpert will work with Columbia presidents Matt Tolmach and Doug Belgrad and oversee deal negotiations and administration for the studio. He also will be involved in the budgeting and financing aspects of Columbia's theatrical releases. In that respect, Gumpert also will work with Sony president of worldwide affairs Peter Schlessel.

Gumpert, who has been with Columbia for four years, put his negotiating skills to work on many of the studio's top productions, including such hits as "Quantum of Solace," "Hancock" and "The Da Vinci Code."

Gumpert led Dimension's business and legal affairs division before his current stint at Columbia. (partialdiff)