Andrew Z. Davis Named President of Production for Columbia Pictures
A respected industry veteran, Davis, in his new role, will supervise all aspects of physical production including post production and visual effects for all Columbia Pictures films as well as live-action portions of films from Sony Pictures Animation. He will work closely with President of Worldwide Business Affairs and Operations Andrew Gumpert, President of Production Hannah Minghella and Sony Pictures Digital Productions President Bob Osher to manage physical production while supporting the creative needs of the studio. Davis will report to Belgrad. Columbia Pictures' physical production, post production, and visual effects executives will report to Davis.
Davis takes over the role from Gary Martin, who is retiring after 51 years in the entertainment industry, 32 years at Columbia Pictures, and overseeing the production of more than 600 films.
Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, "We are thrilled to welcome Andy to our Team. As both an executive and a producer, he has extraordinary skill and enormous experience and he brings with him a disciplined and cost conscious approach to production management. It won't be easy stepping into Gary Martin's shoes – Gary is a show business legend and his indelible mark will forever be a part of the company's legacy – but we are thrilled and fortunate that he worked with us to help select his successor who will continue the work of making our productions the best run in the business."
Davis oversaw physical production at MGM from 2003 to 2005, then returned to producing motion pictures. He most recently executive produced In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, Your Highness, starring Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman, and Role Models, starring Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd. Davis was the producer on the blockbuster comedy Rush Hour 3 and executive producer of Rush Hour 2, both directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Prior to that, he executive-produced Universal's Red Dragon, directed by Ratner and starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton and Ralph Fiennes, and The Family Man, also directed by Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni; the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama Love & Basketball, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, starring Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan and Alfre Woodard; the mega hit Enemy of the State, starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman; and Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. Davis also produced the action film Volcano, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche. His other producer credits include Lost Angels, Sid and Nancy, and Tapeheads.
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