Podell, who formerly served as vice president of international business and legal affairs, is based in New York and will report to acquisitions heads Michelle Krumm and Maeva Gatineau and executive vice president of business and legal affairs Eric Roth.
Podell will work with the acquisition team to acquire English-language and foreign films from North America and territories around the world and will continue negotiating deals covering all aspects of the feature film business including remakes, co- productions, acquisitions and co-financing.
'[Michal] has superb taste in films and knowledge of the acquisitions business around the world,' Krumm said.
Podell joined the company in October 2005. Prior to that she served as director of business and legal affairs at New Line in Los Angeles.