Columbia Pictures ups Kadin as SVP production


MUMBAI: Jonathan Kadin has been promoted to senior vice president, production at Columbia Pictures and will continue to report to Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of production.


Jointly commenting on the announcement, Belgrad and Tolmach said, “Not only does Jonathan have one of the best ears for comedy in the business, but he is respected across the board by filmmakers, talent, agents, writers and his colleagues at the studio. We couldn’t be more proud to recognize his hard work and ongoing contributions to Columbia‘s success with this well-deserved promotion.”


Kadin joined Columbia as a creative executive in 2000; he was promoted to director of development in 2003 and vice president in 2005. He most recently worked on the development and production of the $120 million hit comedy Superbad. Other films he has contributed to during his tenure at the studio include Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, RV, Hitch, Fun with Dick and Jane, and Men in Black II. He is currently supervising development of four films: Step Brothers, a new comedy reuniting Talladega Nights stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly; Pineapple Express, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco; Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, also starring Reilly; and Year One, starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, which begins shooting in January.


Kadin began his career in the industry as a finance associate at Walt Disney Studios in 1996. After a year at Disney, he segued to the Gold/Miller Company as an assistant to Jimmy Miller for a year before he was promoted to creative executive.