Michael Marshall Promoted to Executive VP Business Affairs at Columbia Pictures

The executive, who negotiates development and production-related deals for the studio's feature film projects, is overseeing the new "Spider-Man," "Men in Black 3" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Columbia Pictures has upped Michael Marshall to executive vp business affairs.

Marshall is the studio's man to negotiate development- and production-related deals for feature projects, including rights acquisitions and personal services deals for writers, directors, producers and actors.

"Mike has been instrumental in the dealmaking on some of our most valued and important motion pictures properties, and we couldn't be more proud to recognize his contributions with this well-deserved promotion," said Andrew Gumpert, Columbia's president of business affairs and operations.

Marshall joined Columbia in 2008 as senior vp business affairs, with the new Spider-Man, Men in Black 3 and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo among the projects he is overseeing.

Before Columbia, Marshall worked at Our Stories Films, Marvel (where he helped execute deals on The Hulk and Iron Man) and Dimension (where he drafted agreements for many Robert Rodriguez movies).

The Pepperdine and University of California-Berkeley grad also has worked Universal Pictures, Arama Entertainment and MGM.