Andrew Gumpert has been promoted to president of business affairs and administration for Columbia Pictures.

Gumpert will work closely with Columbia presidents Matt Tolmach and Doug Belgrad and will not only oversee deal negotiations and administration for the studio but will be integrally involved in the budgeting and financing aspects of all of Columbia's theatrical releases.

In this position, Gumpert will also work closely with Peter Schlessel, president of worldwide affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

He reports to chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Michael Lynton and co-chairman of SPE and chairman of SPE Motion Pictures Group Amy Pascal.

In his four years with Columbia, Gumpert has been actively involved in negotiations surrounding many of the studio's top productions including Quantum of Solace, The Da Vinci Code, Spider-Man 3 and the upcoming Seven Pounds.

Gumpert served in Columbia's legal department in 1995 and left to head the business and legal affairs for Miramax's Dimension Films division for seven years.