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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FIRST-LOOK PRODUCING DEAL WITH PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE ELIZABETH CANTILLON
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., July 23, 2014 - Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Elizabeth Cantillon will transition from her position as Executive Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio. In this new role, Cantillon will utilize her vast experience and deep industry relationships to develop and produce films for the Columbia Pictures label.

    Cantillon’s first project will be joining the production team for the untitled Ridley Scott drama based on “Game Brain,” a true story by Jeanne Marie Laska. Peter Landesman is on board to write and direct the highly-anticipated film about the prevalence of concussions among football players.

    Cantillon joined Columbia Pictures in 2005 overseeing and championing some of the studio’s most successful and acclaimed films, including the James Bond movies Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, as well as Academy Award® winners The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She also oversaw 2014 Academy Award® Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass. Most recently, she supervised George Clooney’s The Monuments Men. She will continue to be responsible for both Goosebumps, based on R.L. Stine’s book series, which is scheduled for release on August 7, 2015, and Bond 24, which is scheduled for release on November 6, 2015. Cantillon will also join the producing teams for the film adaptation of Gran Turismo, the blockbuster PlayStation franchise, and A Reliable Wife, an adaptation of Robert Goolrick’s fictional romantic thriller.

    Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, said, "I have worked with Elizabeth for over 20 years, and know that she is one of the most talented executives in motion pictures. She is returning to her first passion, and I can’t wait to work with her as a producer."

    Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, added, "Elizabeth has great taste and is one of the best in the business at creating entertaining and honest movies based on true stories. The Social Network and Captain Phillips are just two recent examples of her ability to translate high-profile, real-life situations into acclaimed films. She is the ideal person to join Ridley Scott for the 'Game Brain' project, and I know her films will be an important part of our slate mix."

    Before joining Sony, Cantillon served as executive vice president of Production at MGM Studios, where she was responsible for films including: Be Cool, Beauty Shop, Out of Time, and Into the Blue. Prior to that with Mark Johnson, she produced DreamWorks’ Galaxy Quest and Fox Searchlight’s The Banger Sisters.

    Cantillon graduated for the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor of fine arts degree in film theory & criticism.

    About Sony Pictures:
    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

    Contact:
    Charles Sipkins
    310.244.5651
    Charles_Sipkins@spe.sony.com

    Contact:
    Jean Guerin
    310.244.2923
    Jean_Guerin@spe.sony.com