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Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach have been promoted to presidents of Columbia Pictures and extended their contracts with the studio through 2011.

Belgrad and Tolmach have served as presidents of production at the studio since 2003. The studio president position had been unfilled since 1999, when current studio co-chair Amy Pascal held the post.

The promotion and the new deals keep stable a team that has been at the helm of one of the most successful and lucrative runs in recent Hollywood history. The pair have shepherded the "Spider-Man" franchise, "Casino Royale," "Superbad," "Hitch," "The Da Vinci Code," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Ghost Rider," "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Click," "50 First Dates," "The Grudge" and many others. Films under their guidance have grossed about $7.6 billion and have helped take Sony to the top in market share in 2004 and 2006.

The two will continue to report to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Pascal.

"When I look back at what Doug and Matt have achieved as presidents of production since 2003, I see a track record of success that rivals the best partnerships in Hollywood history," Pascal said. "They are trusted for their story sense and their production skills and they have earned the respect of filmmakers and the creative community."

Tolmach and Belgrad, tasked with making 12-14 films annually, hope to continue their success with a slate that includes a mix of top names in comedy — Adam Sandler in "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," Will Ferrell in "Step Brothers" — with more franchises such as the latest Bond adventure "The Quantum of Solace"; "The Pink Panther 2"; "Da Vinci" sequel "Angel & Demons"; and the in-development "Spider-Man 4." They also are continuing their relationship with Roland Emmerich, having picked up his latest project, "2012."