Jonathan Kadin has been promoted to senior vice president of production at Columbia Pictures.

Kadin, who joined Columbia as a creative executive in 2000 and most recently worked on development and production on Superbad, will continue to report to production presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach.

Kadin was promoted to director of development in 2003 and vice president in 2005. Among notable films he has worked on are Hitch, Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, and Men In Black II.

He is currently supervising development on the Will Ferrell and John C Reilly comedy Step Brothers, Pineapple Express starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story starring Reilly, and Year One, which stars Jack Black and Michael Cera and is set to begin shooting in January.

Belgrad and Tolmach hailed Kadin's 'hard work and ongoing contributions to Columbia's success' and highlighted his ear for comedy and his reputation 'across the board by film-makers, talent, agents, writers and his colleagues at the studio.'

Kadin started as a finance associate at Walt Disney Studios in 1996 and moved over to Gold/Miller Company where he was promoted to creative executive.