President, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group
President, Columbia Pictures
Doug Belgrad was named president of SPE’s Motion Picture Group (MPG) in 2014. He also serves as president of Columbia Pictures, a role he has held since 2008. As the President of MPG, Belgrad integrates creative decision-making, business and financial planning across all of SPE’s film labels. In his role at Columbia Pictures, he is responsible for the creative, production and post-production on all films produced by the label. Belgrad also manages the creative staff at the studio.
Belgrad joined SPE in 1989 and rose to co-president of Production at Columbia Pictures in 2003, becoming president of the label five years later. He has bought, developed and supervised a long list of commercially successful and critically acclaimed films, including the Men In Black franchise, the Jump Street franchise, The Social Network, Hitch, Hancock, all of Adam Sandler’s Columbia films, The Karate Kid, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Zero Dark Thirty, Bad Teacher and, most recently, The Equalizer. Belgrad teamed with EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures on the three most successful James Bond films of all time – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall – and will next oversee the 24th adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.
Belgrad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 with a B.A. in history. He began his career at Kidder, Peabody as a securities analyst, specializing in media and entertainment companies.