Jeff Blake has been named Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for theColumbia TriStar Motion Picture Group.

His appointment wasannounced by Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Amy Pascal,Chairman of SPE's Motion Picture Group.

Blake directsand oversees the global marketing and distributionof all films from SPE'S production entities - ColumbiaPictures, Revolution Studios, TriStar and ScreenGems.

Blake becameVice Chairman of Sony PicturesEntertainment (SPE) in October 2002 and served asPresident, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution since October, 2000.

'As themarketing landscape changes and becomesmore and more fragmented and the exhibition communityfaces the challenge of converting to digital cinema, there is no one better to guide us than Jeff Blake,"said Lynton.