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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • SPENCER STEPHENS JOINS SONY PICTURES TECHNOLOGIES
  • Studio Taps Former Warner Bros. Exec in Effort to Further Digital Innovation
  • Culver City, CA - August 11, 2009 - In a move to expand a team of industry-leading technologists at Sony Pictures Entertainment (http://www.sonypictures.com), the studio has hired industry-veteran Spencer Stephens as Senior Vice President of Technical Services. The announcement was made today by Chris Cookson, President of Sony Pictures Entertainment Technologies, to whom Stephens reports.

    Stephens will be involved in strategic technical initiatives including the development of secure digital distribution for a wide range of entertainment content, enhancement of post production through the use of technology and expansion the division's role in 3-D entertainment.

    "Spencer's leadership in digital infrastructure makes him an ideal candidate for our effort to shift to a completely digital backbone here at the studio," said Cookson. "He has been at the forefront of file-based production pipelines for major entertainment properties and brings a tremendous amount of experience to the job."

    With more than 25 years in network computing, Stephens has been a technologist for leading entertainment companies including Warner Bros. and Disney. He joins Sony Pictures following seven years at Warner Bros. where he oversaw the creation, evaluation and implementation of cutting-edge technologies for the studio. Stephens created new digital infrastructures, procedures and workflows to facilitate the production needs of the studio's motion picture and television productions and online properties.

    About Sony Pictures Technologies

    Sony Pictures Technologies is a department of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in more than 130 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

    For more information:

    Ann Burkart
    VP Global Communications
    Sony Pictures Entertainment
    (p) 310.244.3683
    ann_burkart@spe.sony.com