Scott Shooman has been promoted to vice president, acquisitions and productions, for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG). He will continue to report to both Steven Bersch, president of SPWAG, and Lara Thompson, senior vice president of acquisitions for the division.

He will continue to acquire both finished films and projects at script stage for SPWAG as well as overseeing productions. He was part of the team which acquired various rights for films such as We Own The Night, The Fall, Rescue Dawn, The Spirit and Legion. He most recently supervised the production of The Dark Country and Screamers 2 and was responsible for bringing several films to Sony's genre releasing division Screen Gems such as The Gospel and Stomp The Yard.

'SPWAG's mandate is to deliver the strongest possible and most entertaining content for the Sony distribution entities,' said Bersch in a statement. 'Scott's savvy production and business skills have been key elements in our business strategy and will become even more critical as we ramp up third party and [SPAWG production division] Stage 6 Films projects.'

'Scott's tastes and strong relationships within the filmmaking community have been instrumental in the success of many of our productions,' added Thompson. 'This promotion is a well deserved acknowledgement of his important contributions to SPWAG.'