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  • SONY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION UK SECURES VIRGIN MEDIA CARRIAGE
  • LONDON, UK (December 15, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has concluded a carriage agreement with Virgin Media to provide its UK channel, Sony Entertainment Television. From today, the service will begin broadcasting on channel EPG 193 to all Virgin Media's pay TV subscribers (M+ tier and above) with selected content available as Catch-Up TV from Virgin Media's pioneering On Demand service.
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  • JOHN NAVEIRA PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, POST PRODUCTION FOR SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
  • CULVER CITY, CA (December 14, 2011) - John Naveira, a 21-year veteran of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has been promoted to executive vice president, Post Production at the studio it was announced today by Gary Martin, president of Production Administration. In his new role, Naveira will oversee a staff of ten as they implement all aspects of post production, from budgeting to digital delivery/answer print, on all titles at the studio. He will assume the position vacated by James Honore, who retires this month after 26 years working at the studio.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT EXTENDS FIRST-LOOK NON-EXCLUSIVE PACT WITH ESCAPE ARTISTS
  • CULVER CITY, CA (December 13, 2011) - Sony Pictures Entertainment has extended its first-look non-exclusive deal with Escape Artists, the independently financed film and television production company headed by partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. The three-year deal renews Sony Pictures' relationship with the company, which has been headquartered at the studio since 1998.
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  • SONY PICTURES TAPS UNIQUE GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION ASSETS OF THE COMPANY TO LAUNCH WORLD'S FIRST LOOK AT "MEN IN BLACK™ 3"
  • CULVER CITY, CA (December 12, 2011) - Sony Pictures and the large network of companies within the Sony family will unite worldwide in support of one of the studio's most recognized and successful motion picture franchises as the company premieres a first look at Men in Black™ 3 on Monday, December 12, 2011. The launch event, which was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, will reach a potential audience of 749 million people around the world. Men in Black 3 the movie will be released in theaters worldwide on May 25, 2012.
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  • SPT WRITES NEW CHAPTER FOR RUSSIAN RAYMOND
  • LONDON, UK (November 30, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced it is to start development on a complete season of 60 original Russian episodes of the local adaptation of Everybody Loves Raymond (known locally as The Voronins). This marks the first time a full season of the format will be written and produced outside the US by continuing the storyline beyond the US original. As the pioneer of situational comedies in the Russian market, SPT has now reproduced all 210 original US episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond in Russia for CTC, with original US scripts running out towards the end of the last season.
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  • INDIA AND ROMANIA GET A DOSE OF THE DR. OZ SHOW
  • INDIA / ROMANIA (November 29, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold the format for its entertaining, high-octane, multi-topic magazine talk show, The Dr. Oz Show to broadcasters in India and Romania. In India, general entertainment channel COLORS has commissioned the hit talk show format, which marks the first time a US talk show format will be produced in India and the first formatted medical show to air in the region. In Romania, TV Romania (TVR) has ordered 100 episodes of the show, marking the first time the format will be produced in the territory. The announcement was made by Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, SPT.
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  • SONY PICTURES ANIMATION AND ARAD PRODUCTIONS SET JAY SCHERICK & DAVID RONN TO WRITE ANIMATED POPEYE
  • CULVER CITY, CA (November 03, 2011) - Sony Pictures Animation has set screenwriters Jay Scherick & David Ronn to write the screenplay for an all-new POPEYE animated feature, based on the iconic characters of comic strip and cartoon fame. POPEYE is the second project for Scherick and Ronn with Sony Pictures Animation following their success with this summer's blockbuster THE SMURFS, which has grossed more than $550 million worldwide since its July 29 opening. Sony Pictures Animation and Arad Productions are producing the stereoscopic 3D animated feature.
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  • SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS ACQUIRES MULTIPLE TERRITORIES ON JACK BLACK & MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM COMEDY BAILOUT
  • Culver City, CA (November 02, 2011) - Ealing Metro has struck a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) on Michael Winterbottom's (Trishna, The Trip, 24 Hour Party People) eagerly anticipated comedy BAILOUT starring Jack Black (School of Rock). The deal includes North America, South America, Australia, South Africa and Scandinavia and was negotiated by Will Machin for Ealing Metro along with Tana Evans, Vice President Acquisitions & Distribution, and Michael Helfand, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs for SPWA.
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  • GAME ON FOR SPT ARABIA WITH FIRST NON-SCRIPTED FORMAT DEALS
  • LONDON, UK and DUBAI (November 01, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that its production company in the Middle East, SPT Arabia, has secured its first non-scripted format deals in the region, with production to start on local versions of the hit game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!
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  • CRACKLE HEADS TO LATIN AMERICA
  • MIAMI, FL and SAO PAULO, Brazil (October 31, 2011) - Crackle, a multi-platform video entertainment network, today announced it will launch in Brazil in the first quarter of 2012, becoming the first online network to offer ad-supported, free-to-consumer full-length movies and television series in Latin America. The network will be overseen by Jose Rivera-Font, vice president and general manager, Crackle, Latin America and Brazil. The announcement was made by Andy Kaplan, president, worldwide networks, Sony Pictures Television (SPT).
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND BAND TV SIGN THREE-SERIES CO-PRODUCTION DEAL
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (October 25, 2011) - Band TV and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that they have entered into a three-year co-production agreement to produce three primetime sitcoms to premiere on Band. The co-productions will be produced by SPT's Floresta, the first of which will be a local version of the hit U.S. comedy "The Nanny." The announcement was made by Marcelo Meira, vice president, Band TV, and Elisabetta Zenatti, general manager, Floresta.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION CONTINUES MIDDLE EAST EXPANSION
  • LONDON and DUBAI (October 25, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced the opening of a local sales office in the Middle East. This new office will be responsible for licensing films and television series from Sony Pictures' distribution catalogue as well as finished, local content produced by SPT's production company in the region, SPT Arabia.
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  • PAN AM WINGS ITS WAY INTO ASIA-PACIFIC
  • HONG KONG (October 20, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has licensed Pan Am, its glossy, period drama series set around the iconic international airline, to STAR in India and TVNZ in New Zealand. In addition, Sony Pictures Television's networks, Asia has picked up the new drama to air regionally across Asia in key markets such as Hong Kong. The announcement was made by Angel Orengo, senior vice president, distribution, Asia-Pacific, SPT.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT DEDICATES PARK TO JOHN CALLEY
  • CULVER CITY, CA (October 19, 2011) - Sony Pictures Entertainment (http://www.sonypictures.com) today revealed the naming of John Calley Park in honor of the late, former Chairman of the studio; it was announced by chairman and chief executive officer Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal at a dedication ceremony attended by studio employees. The newly-named park is located in the center of the studio's historic 44 1/2 acre lot and serves as a central gathering spot for employees and visitors.
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  • SONY MOVIE CHANNEL LAUNCHES AUTHENTICATED ONLINE EXTENSION
  • CULVER CITY, CA (October 4, 2011) - Sony Movie Channel, the first U.S. multi-platform television network from Sony Pictures Television (SPT), unveiled its authenticated online service Sony Movie Channel Everywhere, making a wide variety of full-length Hollywood movies available online at no additional charge to DIRECTV and DISH Network customers. The announcement was made today by Superna Kalle, general manager, Sony Movie Channel.
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  • WHO YA GONNA CALL?
  • CULVER CITY, CA (September 22, 2011) - Get ready for mass hysteria! This October, Sony Pictures Repertory celebrates the original movie Ghostbusters, its franchise, and its fans by bringing the quintessential modern classic back to theatres for a special limited engagement of one showtime one night a week. Starting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and continuing every following Thursday in October 2011, fans together will be able to see their favorite paranormal psychologists back on the big screen as they save the world from ghosts, ghouls, and Mr. Stay Puft.
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  • JOHN CALLEY, LONGTIME STUDIO CHIEF AND PRODUCER, DIES AT 81
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., (September 13, 2011) – John Calley, who led three major Hollywood studios and produced or championed a constellation of hit films, from Catch-22 to The Da Vinci Code, during a legendary career that spanned more than 50 years, passed away today. He was 81.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION'S NETWORKS ACQUIRE THE CONFESSION
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., (September 7, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television's (SPT) networks have acquired the original multi-platform series The Confession for their international channels and branded non-linear platforms. Starring multi award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland and two-time Academy Award nominee John Hurt, The Confession will premiere on SPT's AXN-branded platforms in 125 territories and on AXN.com beginning in September. The announcement was made by Marie Jacobson, executive vice president, programming and production, networks, SPT.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND CARACOL TELEVISIóN SIGN THREE-YEAR MULTIPLE SERIES CO-PRODUCTION AGREEMENT
  • Miami, Fla. - Aug. 10, 2011 - Caracol Televisión and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that they have entered into a three-year co-production agreement to produce multiple primetime series to premiere on Caracol Televisión in Colombia. The agreement builds on the successful relationship between the two companies, combining their expertise in creating and producing high-quality Spanish language telenovelas and teleseries and distributing them around the world. The announcement was made by Carlos Alejandro Perez-Davila, president of Caracol Televisión and Donna Cunningham, managing director and executive vice president, Latin America & US Hispanic production, SPT.
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  • PAN AM CLEARED FOR GLOBAL TAKE-OFF
  • 21 July, 2011. Culver City/London. Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has secured a raft of deals with international broadcasters for Pan Am, its glossy, period drama series set around the iconic, international airline.
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  • ADAM SANDLER CHECKS IN TO "HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA" FOR SONY PICTURES ANIMATION
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., July 5, 2011 – Adam Sandler will voice the lead role of Dracula in Sony Pictures Animation's 3D family comedy Hotel Transylvania, it was announced today by Bob Osher, president, Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of production, Sony Pictures Animation. The film will be released on September 21, 2012, by Columbia Pictures.
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  • SONY 3D TECHNOLOGY CENTER EXPANDS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
  • Culver City, CA – June 29, 2011 – Sony 3D Technology Center today announced that it is expanding its 3D Master Class, which offers professional training in the tools and techniques for making 3D content, in collaboration with the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Pictures Editor's Guild. The two guilds join the International Cinematographer's Guild in offering member training opportunities at the Sony Pictures Studios facility, which is run by Sony Corporation of America.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION LAUNCHES 'VICTORY' PRODUCTION PARTNERSHIP IN UK
  • London, UK. 23 June 2011. Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and UK production executive Victoria Ashbourne today announced the launch of a new joint venture production company, Victory Television Limited. The new venture will be headed by Ashbourne, previously SVP Creative Development, International Production, at SPT, who takes up the role of Managing Director.
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  • COLUMBIA PICTURES OPTIONS REMAKE RIGHTS TO JAPANESE HIT FILM "BIG MAN JAPAN"
  • CULVER CITY, Calif. (June 3, 2011) - Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to Big Man Japan, which will be developed and produced into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Big Man Japan was a breakthrough hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult hit in the United States in 2009. Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi will write the new adaptation.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION SELLS DRAMA SLATE TO CTV IN CANADA
  • CULVER CITY, Calif (June 2, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced it has licensed its powerhouse slate of new drama series including “Charlie's Angels” “Pan Am” and “Unforgettable” to CTV in Canada. Canada's #1 broadcaster has also picked up the studio's hit reality series “The Sing Off” and another season of “Shark Tank.” The announcement was made by Keith Le Goy, president international distribution, SPT.
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  • MGM AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER ON 21 JUMP STREET
  • LOS ANGELES, CA (May 18, 2011)- MGM will become a financial partner on the upcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment film '21 Jump Street', it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will handle marketing and distribution, while MGM will handle select international television licensing for the title.
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  • MGM AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER ON THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
  • LOS ANGELES, CA (May 17, 2011)- MGM will become a financial partner on the upcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will handle marketing and distribution, while MGM will handle select international television licensing for the film.
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  • JAKE ZIM JOINS SONY PICTURES DIGITAL MARKETING AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., May 3, 2011 – Jake Zim has joined Sony Pictures as senior vice president, Digital Marketing, it was announced today by Dwight Caines, president, Worldwide Digital Marketing, to whom Zim will report. Jake rounds out Caines' team of direct reports that includes respected digital marketers Elias Plishner and Michael Fisk, who run the Media and International digital efforts, respectively.
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  • WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION TO OFFER TITLES FROM SONY PICTURES' "SCREEN CLASSICS BY REQUEST"
  • Burbank and Culver City, Calif., (April 13, 2011) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) today announced that Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Warner's online on-demand distribution arm, will offer select catalog titles from SPHE's "Screen Classics By Request." Beginning April 13, www.warnerarchive.com will feature approximately 150 manufactured-on-demand titles from the Columbia Pictures film library. Fan favorites among these films include Genghis Khan, A Song To Remember, and A Study In Terror.
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  • MGM PARTNERS WITH SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT IN WORLDWIDE THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND CO-FINANCING PACT
  • Culver City, April 13, 2011 - Sony Pictures Entertainment will remain in the James Bond business after reaching an agreement with MGM to co-finance and theatrically market and distribute Bond 23 worldwide, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will release the next film in this iconic franchise on November 9, 2012 throughout the world except for select International territories, where MGM will directly oversee distribution.
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  • Sony Pictures Animation Acquires MUNCLE TROGG, A Janet Foxley Novel To Be Developed As An Animated Feature
  • Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the motion picture rights to Janet Foxley's MUNCLE TROGG, The 2010 Times (of London)/Chicken House prize-winner, it was announced today by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation. The preemptive deal is Raimo-Kouyate’s first acquisition since her appointment as president of production. Jane Startz, a distinguished producer of family entertainment, is the executive producer. Kane Lee, Jane Startz Productions Inc.'s vice president of development, is co-producer.
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  • DANCING NATION FINDS THE BEAT AROUND THE WORLD
  • London – (March 31, 2011) – Sony Pictures Television (SPT)'s 2waytraffic has sold the popular dance competition format Dancing Nation (Baile País) to broadcasters in Brazil, Australia, Ukraine and the Philippines. The recent sales place Dancing Nation across four continents including the original broadcast in Argentina. The format, which SPT acquired from Ideas Del Sur, will be available at MipTV. The announcement was made by Ed Louwerse, managing director, 2waytraffic International, SPT.
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  • CRACKLE IS FIRST TO OFFER AD-SUPPORTED FULL-LENGTH HOLLYWOOD MOVIES AND TELEVISION SERIES ON SONY'S PLAYSTATION 3, BRAVIA, STREAMING PLAYER, BLU-RAY PLAYERS AND ON ROKU DEVICES
  • CULVER CITY, CA – (March 29, 2011) – Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's multi-platform video entertainment network, announced a major programming expansion today; extending its full suite of ad-supported full-length movies and television series to all consumers with PlayStation 3 game consoles; Roku streaming players; Sony's Blu-ray players, BRAVIA televisions and Streaming Player with wifi; in addition to its previously announced launch on Google TV. With these expansions, Crackle becomes the only digital network to feature free-to-consumer full-length, unedited movies and television series on these platforms; it was announced today by Eric Berger, senior vice president, digital networks, Sony Pictures Television (SPT).
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  • MUSIC, MUSCLE & MENTORS FOR MIP TV
  • London, 29 March 2011. Sony Pictures Television's formats arm, 2waytraffic, will launch a strong slate of new game show and reality formats at next week's MIP TV, alongside its well established classic hits. The new offering is drawn from 2waytraffic's global network, with innovative propositions from international third party producers and Sony Pictures Television's production hubs around the world. The slate includes proven hits from as far afield as the US, Japan and the Netherlands, with formats such as Second Chance Hotel, Bangers & Cash, Power & Brain and Cover Me to debut at the Cannes market.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION TO LAUNCH UK CHANNEL APRIL 7
  • March 9, 2011 (London)—Sony Pictures Television announced today that its first Sony-branded channel for the UK, Sony Entertainment Television, will debut April 7th on the Sky platform, where it will be available to more than 10 million households across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The English language general entertainment network will be available on Sky channel 157.
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  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™ TO BE RELEASED JULY 3, 2012
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., February 25, 2011 — Summer 2012 is heating up for moviegoers as Columbia Pictures adds three highly anticipated films to its summer slate, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. Joining the strong summer line-up that already includes Men in Black™ 3 in 3D (May 25) and The Amazing Spider-Man™ in 3D (July 3), the studio will release I Hate You, Dad, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, on June 22, Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, on July 27, and a re-imagining of Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell, on August 3.
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  • CRACKLE MOVIES EN ESPAÑOL LAUNCHES ON VERIZON V CAST VIDEO ON DEMAND
  • BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and CULVER CITY, Calif. - January 27, 2011 – Crackle, the multi-platform video entertainment network from Sony Pictures Television (SPT), has launched Crackle Movies en Español, the first Spanish-language premium mobile movie subscription channel on V CAST Video from the Verizon Wireless V CAST platform.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION'S THE BIG C SPREADS TO LATIN AMERICA, BRAZIL AND THE CARIBBEAN
  • London – January 14, 2011 – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that its half hour comedy, The Big C, starring three-time Emmy® winner and Golden Globe® award winner, Laura Linney, has been licensed across more than 36 countries in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean. The show will air on HBO channels beginning January 16th. The announcement was made by Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, SPT.
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  • "THE SOCIAL NETWORK" SET TO CROSS $200 MILLION WORLDWIDE AS ACCLAIMED MOTION PICTURE MAKES ITS WAY BACK INTO THEATERS AND DEBUTS ON DVD
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., January 5, 2011 — As The Social Network, the most critically acclaimed film of the year, is set to launch on DVD, the hit film is poised to pass $200 million at the worldwide box office, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. To date, The Social Network has grossed more than $93 million in the US and $104 million overseas, and will pass the $200 million mark in the next few days. The DVD will be released on January 11, 2011, and contains more than eight hours of bonus extras about the motion picture. The film will also be re-released in approximately 600 theaters nationwide on January 7.
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