Brian Burkin has joined Sony Pictures Entertainment's International Motion Picture Production division as senior vice president business affairs and operations.

Burkin, who started his career in private practice and served nine years as senior vice president of business affairs at Miramax Films, will assume responsibility for negotiating deals and managing relationships with film-makers around the world as he oversees business affairs for the division.

He will be based in New York and report to division president Deborah Schindler, who said Burkin's legal knowledge and understanding of global business made him 'the perfect choice to lead our division's business affairs and operations.'