CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec 15, 2009 - Sony Pictures Entertainment is concluding negotiations to option the English language motion picture rights to the Millennium Series, a trio of crime-thriller novels by the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, Presidents of Columbia Pictures. Scott Rudin was instrumental in securing the rights and is attached to produce along with Ole Sondberg and Soren Staermose of Swedish production company Yellow Bird Films. Yellow Bird's Mikael Wallen and Anni Fernandez will executive produce.
CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec 9, 2009 - Jake Kasdan will direct Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher, a comedy written by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The film, which centers on a flagrantly foul-mouthed, bitter, and irreverent middle school teacher, will be produced by Mosaic Media's Jimmy Miller.
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 4, 2009 - Bennett Miller is in negotiations to direct Columbia Pictures' Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's who rewrote the unwritten rulebook of baseball. The screenplay is by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin based upon the bestselling book by Michael Lewis. Stan Chervin wrote the first draft of the script. The film will be produced by Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin and Rachael Horovitz.
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 3, 2009 - Loot, a group of developers within Sony Pictures Entertainmnet, has struck a deal with Iron Fist® Clothing to create branded items for the PlayStation® Home environment, it was announced today. The one-year licensing deal enables the Loot team to create and sell Iron Fist merchandise in the virtual world.
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 4, 2009 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that it has reached an agreement with Sunjin Entertainment in Korea to develop and produce a television series for local broadcasters. The agreement makes SPT the first Hollywood studio to work with a local production company to develop and produce Korean television series.
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 3, 2009 - Sony Pictures Releasing International will pass $2 billion at the box office this coming weekend, powering Sony Pictures Entertainment to its best-ever box office year worldwide, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution.
CULVER CITY, Calif., November 16, 2009 - Yesterday, Sony Pictures Releasing International passed $1.634 billion at the box office, making 2009 the highest grossing year of all time internationally for the studio and breaking the division's previous all-time high which it set in 2006, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution.
CULVER CITY, Calif., November 18, 2009 - Marisa McGrath has been promoted to Senior Vice President of National Theatrical Publicity, it was announced today by Andre Caraco, Executive Vice President of Motion Picture Publicity for Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution.
CULVER CITY, CA - November 16, 2009 - Sony Pictures Entertainment has opened a full-service digital intermediate (DI) facility located on its historic lot in Culver City, it was announced today by Chris Cookson, President of Sony Pictures Technologies.
CULVER CITY, Calif., November 17, 2009 - Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has signed a three-year marketing and distribution deal with CBS Films, under which Sony Pictures will handle international theatrical distribution of CBS Films productions as well as service worldwide distribution of the unit's films in the home entertainment marketplace, it was announced today by Peter Schlessel, president, Worldwide Affairs for Sony Pictures, and Jeff Blake, chairman, Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. CBS Films will handle domestic theatrical distribution of all titles and retains rights in a limited number of foreign territories.
Commenting on the announcement Belgrad said, "Hasbro has already seen tremendous success with Transformers and G.I. Joe and audiences have shown a great desire for films that bring to life everything that has made these franchise properties stand the test of time. The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make RISK a classic, thoroughly engaging game. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie."
MIAMI, FLORIDA - 29 October 2009 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Russell Kline has been promoted to senior vice president, channel operations, Latin America. The announcement was made by Klaudia Bermudez-Key, senior vice president and general manager, SPE Networks Latin America. Reporting to Bermudez-Key, Kline will continue to be based at SPT's Latin American headquarters in Miami.
Culver City, CA - Oct. 20, 2009 - Academy Award®-winning producer Graham King (The Departed) has signed a three-year, multi-film output agreement with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, it was announced today by Peter Schlessel, President of Worldwide Affairs for the studio. Under the deal, King's GK Films will independently develop, finance and produce a minimum of two films a year that will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
Culver City, CA - Oct. 1, 2009 - Maggie Heim has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Litigation for Sony Pictures Entertainment (http://www.sonypictures.com); it was announced today by Leonard Venger, Executive Vice President of Litigation, to whom she reports.
LOS ANGELES and CULVER CITY, CA - September 29, 2009 - Sony Pictures Entertainment has signed on to be a corporate sponsor of student interns from Verbum Dei High School, the renowned college preparatory school in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.
MIAMI, FLORIDA - 29 September 2009 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Alexander Marin has been promoted to senior vice president, distribution, Latin America & the Caribbean. Based at SPT's Latin American headquarters in Miami, Marin will head all distribution of all SPT content across all platforms and windows in the region. The announcement was made by Keith Le Goy, SPT's president, international distribution, to whom Marin reports.
CULVER CITY, CA (September 28, 2009) - Sony Pictures Entertainment, in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment, today announced that the first 24-hours of pre-sales activity for Michael Jackson's This Is It has resulted in record-breaking sales throughout the world as fans secure the first tickets to the two-week, limited engagement of the highly-anticipated motion picture.
CULVER CITY, CA (September 28, 2009) - Jake Maze has been named account executive, U.S. distribution for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). It was announced today by Jeffrey Wolf, executive vice president, U.S. syndication sales.
CULVER CITY, Ca., Sept. 25, 2009 - Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced the launch of its completely re-designed museum web site offering a look at the studio's storied lot and productions ranging from "On the Waterfront" to "Spider-Man" (http://www.sonypicturesmuseum.com).
HONG KONG - 24 September 2009 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has named Todd Miller executive vice president, networks, Asia-Pacific. Based at SPT's Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, Miller has oversight of the Company's television networks business in all of Asia-Pacific, plus its investments in channels in Australia. Additionally, Miller will join the board of directors of SPT's India joint venture, Multi Screen Media Private Limited (Multi Screen). Miller reports to Andy Kaplan, SPT's president, networks, who made the announcement today.
CULVER CITY, Ca., - 24 September 2009 - Sony Pictures Televisions' 2waytraffic, announced its MIPCOM slate for this year's market today. On offer is The Dating Game, one of the longest running formats in TV history, as well as Your Kid's An Idiot, which recently enjoyed a strong performing summer debut on BBC3 and is already starting pre-production on a second season. 2waytraffic is also selling Frenemies, a quiz show with a unique reality element.
LONDON - 22 September 2009 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Stuart Baxter has been promoted to senior executive vice president, European distribution. Based at SPT's European headquarters in London, he will oversee the distribution of all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) feature film and television programs to all media outlets throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including terrestrial broadcast, satellite and cable, telcos, mobile operators and various on-demand platforms. Baxter becomes SPT's highest-ranking commercial executive in the region and reports directly to Keith Le Goy, SPT's president, international distribution, who made the announcement today.
CULVER CITY, Ca., September 21, 2009 - Fans worldwide will have the opportunity to celebrate the global launch of Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT when Sony Pictures Entertainment hosts over 25 global premieres, with more than 15 of those coordinated simultaneously around the world, on Tuesday, October 27th. Three hours after the red carpet events begin, audiences will be able to see the highly anticipated film for the first time as the studio has added special advance screenings that evening throughout the world.
CULVER CITY, Ca., September 17, 2009 - Rod Davis has been promoted to Vice President of Music Business Affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment (www.sonypictures.com) it was announced today by Shelly Bunge, Executive Vice President of the Music Affairs Group for the studio, to whom he reports.
CULVER CITY, Ca., September 15, 2009 - Alex Kostich has been promoted to vice president, Creative Advertising for Sony Pictures Releasing International, it was announced today by Ignacio Darnaude, executive vice president of Creative Advertising for SPRI.
CULVER CITY, CA, August 31, 2009 - America's craziest trio of buffoons are back again when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings The Three Stooges Collection Volume Seven: 1952-1954 to DVD on November 10. This collection features 22 digitally remastered shorts that continue the Stooges legacy with the return of the original Stooge, Shemp. Included in this volume are such classics as the Stooges' 3D shorts: Spooks and Pardon my Backfire, presented for the first time in both 3D and 2D, as well as Shot in the Frontier, a parody of the classic film High Noon. This compilation also marks the first time many of the shorts will be available in widescreen versions since their original theatrical presentations. The Three Stooges Collection Volume Seven: 1952-1954 is packaged in a two disc set and includes 3D glasses and will be available for $24.96 SLP.
CULVER CITY, CA, BERLIN, GERMANY, August 31, 2009 - Deutsche Columbia Pictures Film Produktion, the local German production arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment and SPE's European headquarters for local production, has announced Isabel Hund will join the company as Director of Production, International Motion Picture Production on October 1st, 2009. Hund will report directly to Deborah Schindler, President of Sony Pictures International Motion Picture Production Group.
CULVER CITY, Ca., August 31, 2009 - Corii Berg will join Sony Pictures Television (SPT) as senior executive vice president, business affairs, overseeing production business affairs for the studio's television operations around the world. The announcement was made today by Steve Mosko, president, SPT, to whom Berg will report.
CULVER CITY, Ca., August 20, 2009 - Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment announced today that Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will be released exclusively for a special, limited, two-week engagement worldwide, with the studio pushing up the debut of the film by two days, to Wednesday, October 28th. Due to the anticipated demand for this film, tickets for the two-week presentation will go on sale in most cities beginning on Sunday, September 27th.
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.
NEW YORK - August 10, 2009 - Apparition, Bill Pohlad and Bob Berney's new distribution company, will release The Young Victoria in the US on November 13. The GK Films production stars Emily Blunt as a girl thrust into power as the youngest British monarch. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) will handle all domestic ancillary rights. The announcement was made jointly by Apparition, GK Films and SPWAG.
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (August 10, 2009) - Beginning October 30th, the world will have a front-row seat for Michael Jackson's final concert, as Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment release Michael Jackson's This Is It.
Culver City, Ca. (07/20/09) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Redbox Automated Retail have announced a multi-year distribution agreement which will make SPHE new release, direct-to-video and catalog titles available to consumers through more than 17,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide. The announcement was made by David Bishop, President of SPHE, and Mitch Lowe, President of Redbox.
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (July 13, 2009) - Rich Peluso joins Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as Vice President of Affirm Films, SPHE's faith label, which played a key role in helping to bring films like Fireproof and Facing the Giants to wide audiences. The announcement was made today by Robert Rubin, Executive Vice President, SPHE, to whom Peluso reports.
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 8, 2009 - Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have tapped Raja Gosnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby-Doo) to direct Smurfs, the live-action/animated film based on the legendary blue characters created by Peyo, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures, Bob Osher, president of digital production for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation. The film will be released in 3-D and 2-D formats on December 17, 2010. Smurfs will be produced by Jordan Kerner (Charlotte's Web, George of the Jungle) and written by J. David Stem and David N. Weiss (Shrek 2 and 3) and Audrey Wells (George of the Jungle).
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 30, 2009 - George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures are in final negotiations to sign an exclusive two-year theatrical development and production deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Picture Entertainment and Chairman of the studio's Motion Picture Group.
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 29, 2009 - Steven O'Dell has been named Senior Vice President, International Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing International, it was announced today by Mark Zucker, President, Sony Pictures Releasing Corporation. O'Dell will continue to report to Zucker. In his new role, O'Dell will add Spain, Portugal, and Scandinavia to the regions he oversees, which also include Latin America and the Caribbean.
MIAMI, FL (16 June 2009) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Klaudia Bermudez-Key has been named senior vice
president and general manager, SPE Networks Latin America. Bermudez-Key will oversee all of the television networks under the SPE Networks Latin
America umbrella, including Sony Entertainment Television (SET), AXN and Animax, and will also work with SPT's international networks group in Los
Angeles to explore potential new networks initiatives. She reports to T.C. Schultz, SPT's executive vice president, international networks, Latin
America, who made the announcement today.
London, UK (March 27, 2009) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) UK today announced three of the studio's hottest summer releases, Jack & Jill, The Vow and 21 Jump Street, will arrive in stores through June and July 2012 with UltraViolet digital versions of the movies included with their respective Blu-ray Discs™ and DVDs.
Mumbai, India (March 25, 2009) - Leading sports broadcaster – Multi Screen Media & the World Sport Group have signed on as the Official Broadcast Partner for the DLF Indian Premier League. The deal gives Multi Screen Media the exclusive audio visual rights to all the 59 matches of Season II due to start on April 18th in South Africa. The Media Broadcast Rights deal is now worth Rs. 8200 crore and is valid for the next nine years through to 2017 for the DLF Indian Premier League.