LOS ANGELES – Dec. 17, 2012 –Sony Pictures Television has launched its new Wheel of Fortune game in celebration of the Emmy-Award winning show’s 30th season. Now available worldwide for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Kindle Fire, Wheel of Fortune expands on the gameplay fans know and love with the addition of Pat Sajak as host, a story mode that takes players through 30 years of Wheel of Fortune’s rich, iconic history, and a “Pass & Play” mode to instantly play against family and friends.
CULVER CITY, CA (December 18, 2012) - Nathalie Lubensky has been named senior vice president marketing, networks for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Sheraton Kalouria, executive vice president & chief marketing officer, SPT.
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 18, 2012 – In an exclusive interview for Sony Movie Channel (SMC), Sir Howard Stringer, Sony Corporation’s Chairman of the Board, pays tribute to the life of Nora Ephron (SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, HANGING UP), one of the most successful screenwriters, filmmakers and playwrights of this era. Sir Howard’s interview, reflecting on Ephron’s acclaimed career will air tonight, Tuesday, December 18 as part of SMC’s special double-feature tribute to Ephron, presenting her first and last directing efforts, 1992’s THIS IS MY LIFE (starring Julie Kavner) at 8:00 PM E/5:00 PM P and 2009’s JULIE & JULIA (starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams) at 10:00 PM E/7:00 PM P. The interview is also available for online viewing until December 31 at SonyMovieChannel.com.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass (December 12, 2012) -- The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, the oldest collegiate club in the United States, announced today it will honor Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc., with the first Order of the Golden Sphinx award at a gala ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental in New York on March 4, 2013. Graduate Chairman and Grand Sphinx, Andrew Farkas will host the event. To date, co-chairs include: Richard Plepler, Leon and Debra Black, William Lauder, Barry and Mimi Sternlicht, Andrea Olshan, Jamie Dinan and Elizabeth Miller and Bob Pittman and Veronique Choa.
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2012 – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Academy Award®-winning motion picture LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, Sony Movie Channel (SMC) is airing the epic film on the exact date of its 1962 North American premiere on Sunday, December 16 at 8:00 PM E/5:00 PM P. On this same day, SMC is launching a breathtaking online picture album containing 50 stunning images from the film—some of which come from Sony’s vast archive. These images are part of a special web page specifically devoted to the film. The album is tablet-friendly with easy swiping action to flip from image to image. The online photo album is available until January 1 and is located at sonymoviechannel.com/lawrence-of-arabia.
MIAMI, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2012) - Angelica Guerra has been named senior vice president and managing director, production, Latin America and US Hispanic for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Andrea Wong, president, international production, SPT and president, international, Sony Pictures Entertainment, to whom she will report. Guerra replaces Donna Cunningham who was promoted to executive vice president, operations, international production, earlier this year. Based in Miami, Guerra will oversee the company's production business across the region, including SPT's interests in joint venture production companies Teleset in Colombia and Floresta Productions in Brazil.
CULVER CITY, CA (December 10, 2012) - Amy Carney has been named president, advertiser sales, strategy & research for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Steve Mosko, president, SPT, to whom she reports. Carney, who continues in her role overseeing advertiser sales, will now also lead SPT's worldwide research group which conducts and assembles all program, sales, and channels research for the division.
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 3, 2012 - Dane DeHaan will join the cast of the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man™ along side Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley as Columbia Pictures prepares to begin production on the next chapter of the blockbuster franchise, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio.
HONG KONG (Nov. 29, 2012) – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced its joint-venture production company Huaso Productions will co-produce a local version of the hit dance competition format, Dancing Nation, for CCTV in China. The deal marks the first time the SPT-owned format will be produced in Asia-Pacific. The announcement was made by Mary Chan, vice president, production, Asia-Pacific, SPT.
Culver City, CA – November 28, 2012 – Sony Pictures Studios has upgraded its fleet of diesel, generator, and camera trucks to achieve compliance with California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations years ahead of schedule, offering its customers in the entertainment industry cleaner and more efficient transportation.
London, UK (19 November, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has appointed Richard Parsons as senior vice president for corporate business and legal affairs, international production, it was announced today. In this role, Parsons will lead corporate business affairs for SPT's portfolio of international production companies and manage deal executions on acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships.
CULVER CITY, Calif., November 18, 2012 – This weekend, Skyfall™, the 23rd James Bond adventure, became the best-performing film of all time in the longest-running film franchise in motion picture history, with a global cume of $669.2 million and passing the $599.2 million worldwide total taken in by Casino Royale in 2006. The box office success of Skyfall has helped to push Sony Pictures Entertainment to its biggest year ever at the global box office, surpassing $4 billion worldwide for the first time in its history and besting the studio's previous high $3.585 billion, set in 2009. The announcement was made today by Jeff Blake, chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures.
CULVER CITY, CA (November 15, 2012) - Crackle, the multi-platform entertainment network, today unveiled a new PlayStation 3 application, making its full suite of ad-supported, full-length movies, television series and original programming more easily accessible to all PlayStation 3 users in the United States and Canada. Along with the PS3 App, Crackle recently re-launched on Sony Entertainment Network (SEN), offering a new, premium user-experience to those accessing Crackle from Sony Connected Devices such as BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray players.
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Crackle, the multi-platform video entertainment network, today announced its Crackle App is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and all Android mobile devices in Latin America and Brazil. The free application is the first to offer ad-supported full-length, unedited Hollywood films, television series and original programming for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and all Android handsets and tablets with Google Play.
London, November 2nd – Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment are delighted to announce that Skyfall has taken an extraordinary £37.2 million in its opening week, overtaking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 to secure the biggest 7 day gross of all time in UK box office history.
CULVER CITY, CA, October 25, 2012 – HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA – the record-setting 3D computer-animated monster comedy from Sony Pictures Animation that ranked as the biggest September opening in movie history and the best opening ever for the studio – is releasing a new animated short as a special Halloween treat.
SAO PAULO, Brazil, (Oct. 11, 2012) – Crackle, the multi-platform video entertainment network, today unveiled a free application for PlayStation 3, making its full suite of ad-supported full-length movies, television series and original programming available to all PlayStation 3 users in Latin America and Brazil. Crackle is the only digital network to feature free-to-consumer full-length, unedited movies and television series on this platform. The announcement was made by Jose Rivera Font, vice president and general manager, Crackle, Latin America and Brazil at the Brasil Game Show, the largest gaming exhibition in Latin America.
LONDON, 4th October 2012 – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and mobile gaming company, ZeptoLab UK Limited, have announced they will be working together to develop a format for a live-action, game show, television series based on ZeptoLab's international hit game, Cut the Rope and its character, the little lovable green monster Om Nom®. Skills-based and inspired by physics, Cut the Rope has become a global hit and to date has been downloaded more than 250 million times around the world. SPT will also have a first look at future properties developed by ZeptoLab for live-action, game shows as well.
MIAMI, Fla. – (Oct. 2, 2012) – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced it has licensed several series including its three new scripted shows – Last Resort, The Mob Doctor and Made in Jersey – to subscription broadcasters across Latin America ahead of MIPCOM in Cannes next week. The announcement was made by Alexander Marin, senior vice president, distribution, Latin America, US Hispanic and the Caribbean, SPT.
NEW YORK (October 2, 2012) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Rama Burshtein's directorial debut, FILL THE VOID. Written and directed by Burshtein, FILL THE VOID played in Venice and Toronto to enthusiastic audiences and will make its US debut at the New York Film Festival. The winner of 7 Ophir Awards including Best Picture, FILL THE VOID is produced by Assaf Amir, who previously worked with Sony Classics on BROKEN WINGS.
CULVER CITY, CA – October 1, 2012 – Sony Pictures Studios and the city of Culver City today announced the unveiling of "Rainbow" a public art installation by American sculptor Tony Tasset. Soaring 94 feet high, just beyond the Madison Street entrance to Studio's historic lot, "Rainbow" is a multi-colored steel arc 188 feet across.
Los Angeles, CA - Sep. 26, 2012 - IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that the long-awaited next chapter in the famed James Bond franchise, SKYFALL™, will be released in IMAX® theatres across North America on Nov. 8, 2012, one day ahead of its wide release on November 9. This is the first IMAX installment of the iconic Bond film franchise.
London, 25 Sept, 2012. Sony Pictures Television's Dutch production venture, Tuvalu Media, has secured a commission with SBS to produce Stories from the Hospital a new reality format based on the hit US drama series, Strong Medicine. The Dutch broadcaster has ordered a series of 30 half hour episodes for NET5, SBS's female-skewing channel aimed at the 20-34 year old demographic. The series, called Dokters locally, will be stripped weekdays in a primetime 8pm slot, launching in late October. SPT's international production and distribution teams will also launch the new format to international buyers at MIPCOM.
(Los Angeles, CA) - On September 11, 2012, Milan Records will release Resident Evil: Retribution - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and in stores. Milan Records previously released the soundtrack of Resident Evil: Afterlife, which grossed over $300 million worldwide.
CULVER CITY, CA (September 10, 2012) - Pat Sajak and Vanna White, hosts of America's Game, "Wheel of Fortune," and Alex Trebek, host of "Jeopardy!", America's Favorite Quiz Show, have renewed their contracts with Sony Pictures Television to continue hosting their respective shows through the 2015/16 season, it was announced today.
(LAS VEGAS - September 6, 2012) - More than a decade of experience paired with market-leading game content, International Game Technology (IGT) will present the Interactive products and solutions that create fans for today's eGaming operators at G2E 2012.
New York, NY - September 5, 2012 - Shaken, not stirred, and kicking off a free preview weekend, EPIX celebrates 50 years of James Bond, just in time for the highly anticipated new Bond film, Skyfall, premiering theatrically November 9. Celebrating 50 years of James Bond on October 5, declared Global James Bond Day, An EPIX exclusive documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films, will premiere on the EPIX network, on EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps on hundreds of devices. The tribute continues with commercial-free airings of classic Bond films Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker, The Living Daylights and Never Say Never Again all as part of a free preview weekend for all subscribers of EPIX distribution partners.
LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 29, 2012 – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise on the anniversary of Dr. No, which enjoyed its world film premiere in London on October 5, 1962, and in anticipation of the worldwide release of the 23rd James Bond adventure SKYFALL™, Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that October 5, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for Bond fans around the world.
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 28, 2012) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films are proud to announce their new feature documentary EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007 directed by Stevan Riley (FIRE IN BABYLON), produced by John Battsek (ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, THE TILLMAN STORY) and Simon Chinn (MAN ON WIRE, PROJECT NIM) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of James Bond films on October 5. Country specific release plans to be announced shortly.
NEW YORK (August 24, 2012) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US Rights to Robert Redford's THE COMPANY YOU KEEP. Redford, who directed and produced the film, also stars alongside a stellar cast including Shia LeBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, and Susan Sarandon. Additional producers include Nicolas Chartier (THE HURT LOCKER), and Bill Holderman (THE CONSPIRATOR).
CULVER CITY, CA, AUGUST 23, 2012 – Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) announced today that it has signed a five-year overall deal with Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions (SSTP), to develop and produce stage versions of the studio's films. As part of the agreement, the studio has purchased a 20% equity stake in Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions. In addition to its ongoing development of projects from a variety of sources, SSTP will also have a first-look at the Sony Pictures film library and will serve as SPE's primary theatrical consultant to help set up titles not adapted by SSTP with other, third party producers. The equity investment will allow SPE the opportunity to open up its extensive film library for stage adaptations.
London, 23 August, 2012 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced it has taken a majority stake in British production company Left Bank Pictures, signalling a significant move into scripted production in the UK. Under this new agreement, SPT will also distribute future Left Bank Pictures television content, both finished programming and formats, and will have a first look distribution option on feature films produced by the company.
CULVER CITY, CA (August 15, 2012) - Sony Pictures Interactive has launched the company's first premium social game, The Hotel Transylvania Social Game (facebook.com/hoteltgame), it was announced today by Bob Osher, president, Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Emmanuelle Borde, executive vice president and general manager, Sony Pictures Interactive. Featuring the iconic setting of the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation monster comedy Hotel Transylvania, the Hotel Transylvania Social Game capitalizes on the popularity of Facebook games to bring fans an exciting new way to play in the world of the film. Hotel Transylvania opens in theaters nationwide on September 28, 2012.
LOS ANGELES, CA., August 5, 2012 - Alembic 1.1, the open source project jointly developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) and Lucasfilm Ltd. released its newest improvements and updates at this year's ACM SIGGRAPH Conference.
NEW YORK (August 3, 2012) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American and Eastern European rights, excluding CIS and Russia, to AT ANY PRICE. Ramin Bahrani (GOODBYE SOLO, MAN PUSH CART, CHOP SHOP) directed and co-wrote the film with Hallie Elizabeth Newton. AT ANY PRICE stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham.
CULVER CITY, CA (August 2, 2012) - Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) and Sony Pictures Animation (SPA), celebrating 20th and 10th anniversaries, respectively, will feature their renowned stable of effects and animation talent August 7 in special "behind the scenes" presentations of blockbuster live-action hits Men in Black 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man and the highly-anticipated animated feature film Hotel Transylvania during SIGGRAPH 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
CULVER CITY, CA (July 31, 2012) - DeVon Franklin has been named Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, to whom Franklin will report.
SINGAPORE / MANILA (July 31, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia has named James Dumlao as head of its operations in the Philippines. As Director, Business Operations, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television, Dumlao will be based in the company's Manila office to lead its local team across all strategic operations and brand-building aspects of the business.
NEW YORK, NY (July 30, 2012) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to the documentary, THE GATEKEEPERS by Dror Moreh (SHARON). The film, a co-production between DMP Les Films du Poisson and Cinephil, is produced by Dror Moreh, Estelle Fialon and Philippa Kowarsky. The film recently premiered at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.
LONDON, UK (July 25, 2012) - Global talk show sensation, The Dr. Oz Show, will soon prescribe health and lifestyle advice to UK audiences for the first time following a deal that sees Discovery Networks UK license the series from Sony Pictures Television (SPT). Discovery will broadcast the series on its lifestyle channel Discovery Home and Health.
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 19, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks today announced plans to launch its first Spanish language entertainment channel for the US Hispanic market. Cine Sony Television, which is the second Sony-branded channel in the US, will launch on Verizon FiOS TV in August. The announcement was made by Andy Kaplan, president, worldwide networks, SPT. The channel will be managed by Superna Kalle, senior vice president, US networks, SPT and general manager, Sony Movie Chanel and Cine Sony Television.
CULVER CITY, CA (July 19, 2012) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has promoted Jason Spivak to Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Distribution. The announcement was made today by Jim Underwood, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital and Commercial Strategy, to whom he reports.
In this role, Billeci oversees technical infrastructure, workflow and operations strategy for SPT linear networks worldwide. In addition to these responsibilities, he will maintain, develop and implement policies, procedures, standards and practices to create synergy across all assets in the SPT network portfolio. Billeci will continue to work closely with strategic technology vendors and clients to develop new methods, drive trends and represent SPT's networks’ agendas.
NEW YORK, NY (July, 13 2012) - Overbrook Entertainment, Sony Pictures Consumer Products, The Random House Publishing Group and Ebury Publishing announced today a collaboration to create a broad line of publishing products set to expand the universe of After Earth, the highly-anticipated action adventure film starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith. After Earth is directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The screenplay is by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan, from a story by Will Smith. The producers are Caleeb Pinkett, Will Smith, James Lassiter, and M. Night Shyamalan.
CULVER CITY, CA (July 10, 2012) - Teams from across Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) came together in a close-knit collaboration for the production of Columbia Pictures' superhero blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man™, currently in worldwide release in 2D and 3D. Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) created many of the film's stunning visual effects sequences, the Sony 3D Technology Center consulted on the film's stereography, Sony Pictures Post Production provided sound services, and Colorworks, SPE's digital intermediate facility, performed final color grading and editorial finishing.
CULVER CITY, CA (July 10, 2012) - Philip Lynch has been promoted to senior vice president, digital networks & games, for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Eric Berger, executive vice president, digital networks, SPT, to whom he reports.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 10, 2012) - Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and PlayFirst Inc. today announced a licensing deal has been finalized in which PlayFirst shall develop and market an immersive mobile game based on the 3D animated comedy, Hotel Transylvania. The mobile game, to be called, Hotel Transylvania Dash, will leverage the signature Dash® time management game mechanic that has captivated millions of dedicated fans around the world. The game will be an all-new take on PlayFirst's popular Hotel Dash mobile game, featuring next generation animated art and characters from Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania feature film scheduled for release on September 28, 2012.
MIAMI, FL (July 10, 2012) - Caracol Televisión and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced a new telenovela staring Stephanie Cayo and Ernesto Calzadilla titled "La Hipocondriaca." The co-production is the first primetime series of a three-year agreement between the two companies. The announcement was made by Angelica Guerra, executive vice president, content, Caracol Televisión and Donna Cunningham, managing director and executive vice president, Latin America & US Hispanic production, SPT.
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 26, 2012) - Pentatonix, the season 3 winners of the NBC a cappella singing competition series, THE SING-OFF, will release their debut EP, "PTX VOLUME 1," today on Madison Gate Records via iTunes. Described by Rollingstone.com to possess an "impossibly full sound," the five-member band, named for the world's most widely recognized five-note musical scale, is comprised of lead vocalists Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado with vocal bass by Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin Olusola, each who arrange all their own music using only their vocals as instruments.
NEW YORK, NY (June 19, 2012) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Pedro Almodóvar's new comedy currently titled I'M SO EXCITED from El Deseo. The film, an ensemble comedy written and directed by Almodóvar, is set to begin production in July and will be released next summer. The cast includes Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Raul Arévalo, Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Willy Toledo, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Blanca Suárez, José Luis Torrijo, José María Yazpik, Laya Martí with special collaborations from Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Paz Vega.
MUMBAI, INDIA and CULVER CITY, CA (June 14, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., has signed an agreement to acquire approximately 32 percent of the shares of Multi Screen Media Private Limited (MSM), which are owned by Grandway Global Holdings Limited ("Grandway") and Atlas Equifin Private Limited ("Atlas"). The agreement, subject to government approval, will bring SPT's interest in MSM to a little over 94 percent. The closing for this transaction is expected to take place by the end of December 2012.
CULVER CITY, CA (June 11, 2012) - TONKA, the Hasbro brand that for 65 years has stood for its line of toy trucks for children, will bring its TONKA toughness to the big screen in a fully animated motion picture to be produced by Sony Pictures Animation, Hasbro and Happy Madison Productions. The announcement was made today by Bob Osher, president, Sony Pictures Digital Productions, Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of Production for Sony Pictures Animation and Brian Goldner, president and CEO of Hasbro. The film will also be produced and developed by Goldner and Hasbro's senior vice president and managing director of motion pictures, Bennett Schneir and will be written by Fred Wolf.
BUDAPEST (June 11, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is launching a scripted series format developed specifically for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), with plans to unveil it at NATPE Budapest this month.
CULVER CITY, CA (June 11, 2012) - Colorworks provided 4K post production finishing services for Eldorado, a motion picture short, produced by Sony to demonstrate the capabilities of its next generation F65 CineAlta™ digital motion picture camera. Eldorado, which debuted at NAB 2012, was written, directed and lensed by Curtis Clark, ASC, who also directed The Arrival, a short film shot with the F65 last year.
CULVER CITY, CA (June 5, 2012) - Suzanne Patmore Gibbs has been named executive vice president, drama development, U.S. programming and production for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, presidents, programming and production, SPT.
LONDON, ENGLAND (May 31, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has announced a new senior management structure for its growing business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Effective immediately, the region will be split into Western Europe, led by Kate Marsh, and Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMA), led by Lyle Stewart. Both report into Andy Kaplan, president of SPT Networks.
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 30, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks announced today they have signed a deal with Gaumont International Television to bring Hannibal, a new series based on the world-renowned mythology and infamous character portrait of Thomas Harris' "Hannibal Lecter," to AXN networks around the world. The announcement was made by Marie Jacobson, executive vice president, programming and production, Networks, SPT and Erik Pack, head international distribution and co-production, Gaumont International Television.
CULVER CITY, CA (May 29, 2012) - For Men In Black™ 3, the #1 movie worldwide with an estimated holiday weekend box office of $203 million, Sony Pictures Imageworks, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, oversaw the creation of diverse and richly detailed character animation, extensive environments and extraordinary visual effects, all created with a heightened sense of realism. Visual effects legend Ken Ralston, who has won five Oscars® for his work, takes on the Visual Effects Supervisor role with Jay Redd, whose previous experience includes serving as visual effects supervisor on Imageworks' CG-animated film Monster House, on a team that included animation supervisor Spencer Cook (Spider-Man™), digital effects supervisor Kee-Suk "Ken" Hahn (Alice in Wonderland) and 3D visual effects supervisor Corey Turner (Transformers: Dark of the Moon).
NEW YORK, NY (May 29, 2012) - The debut of the HISTORY's HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, which premiered on Memorial Day and continues tonight and Wednesday (9-11pm ET/10c) becomes the #1 non-sports telecast in ad supported cable television history, with over 13.9 million total viewers, 5.8 million adults 25-54 and 4.8 million Adults 18-49 (based on Nielsen's fast cable ratings). Over 17 million people watched both the premiere and encore telecast last night.
CANNES, FRANCE (May 22, 2012) - Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Pablo Larraín's Cannes Directors' Fortnight sensation, NO from financier Participant Media in association with Funny Balloons and Fabula. NO stars Gael García Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), Alfredo Castro, Antónia Zegers, Marcial Tagle, Néstor Cantillana, Jaime Vadell and Pascal Montero. The film is one of the best received films in Cannes with raves from critics following the first screening in Director's Fortnight.
DUBAI (May 22, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has inked three new distribution deals in the Middle East region, with local broadcasters in Egypt, Qatar and Dubai. The multi-year deals, brokered by SPT's recently opened distribution office in Dubai, license broadcast rights to feature films from the Sony Pictures library across a wide variety of genres and decades.
CULVER CITY, Calif., May 21, 2012 - Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed that six minutes of the highly anticipated film THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™ will be shown in IMAX® 3D and other select theatres with MEN IN BLACK™ 3, it was announced today by Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution. The footage, which will play before the feature film, is available to fans during the engagement of MEN IN BLACK 3.
CULVER CITY, Calif., May 16th 2012 - To celebrate the nationwide release of the action adventure comedy MEN IN BLACK™ 3, Wednesday, May 23 will be MIB ♥ NYC Day in New York City, with a special series of events culminating in the premiere of the film in the evening. MEN IN BLACK 3 will be released in theaters on Friday, May 25, 2012. Men In Black 3 was filmed on location in the New York area - the only film in the series to have the majority of the production based in New York.
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 16th, 2012) - Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired multiple international territories from IM Global for Automatik's hot property ENDS OF THE EARTH, it was announced today by IM Global's CEO Stuart Ford. IM Global is a partner in Automatik with Alliance Films, which holds rights to the film in Canada, the U.K. and Spain.
NEW YORK, NY (May 16th 2012) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Academy Award® winning director Susanne Bier's latest film, LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED from Scandinavian sales company, TrustNordisk. LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED stars Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm and Paprika Steen and is the next film after Bier's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner IN A BETTER WORLD, also released by Sony Pictures Classics.
CULVER CITY, CA (May 15, 2012) - Academy Award® winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will adapt Steve Jobs, a motion picture based on the best-selling biography of the legendary Apple co-founder by award-winning journalist Walter Isaacson, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures. The project is being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady.
Dubai, UAE May 14th 2012: During a press conference held at MBC Group Headquarters in Dubai, a contract was signed between MBC Group, Talpa and Sony Pictures Television ("SPT") Arabia, by which MBC Group acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast the international TV format "The Voice", on multi-platforms, across the Middle East and North Africa ("MENA") region. SPT Arabia- the producer- which represents Talpa formats in the region will co-produce the show in its local adaptation.
Warsaw/Budapest (10 May, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks today announced the appointment of Hubert Drabik to the newly created role of head of sales, Central Europe. Drabik will work primarily from Poland and reports to John Rossiter, general manager, SPT Networks Central Europe, at the regional headquarters in Budapest.
HONG KONG (May 8, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today it has licensed its hit musical competition format, The Sing-Off, to IPCN in China. SPT will co-produce the local version of the unscripted series with IPCN and Shenzhen Media Group for Shenzhen Satellite TV. The announcement was made by Mary Chan, vice president, production, Asia, SPT and Yi Hua, deputy editor-in-chief of Shenzhen Satellite TV and chief producer of The Sing-Off.
NEW YORK, NY (May 7, 2012) - The Emmy® Award-winning, critically acclaimed and nationally syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" today proudly announced the top ten finalists to earn a spot in the show's season-long initiative, Dr. Oz's Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You. Beginning today, viewers can vote on which finalist they feel should win the grand prize of $1 million by going to www.doctoroz.com. The winner will be announced on "The Dr. Oz Show" scheduled to air on May 23rd.
CULVER CITY, CA (May 8, 2012) - Jeffrey Reyna has been promoted to senior vice president, business affairs, U.S. distribution at Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Chris Elwell, executive vice president, U.S. distribution, to whom he reports.
CULVER CITY, CA (May 4, 2012) - Yesterday, in anticipation of the nationwide release of the action adventure comedy Men in Black™ 3, in theaters May 25, the cast and filmmakers donated memorabilia from the film into a time capsule that will begin a cross country tour next week. Following the tour, the time capsule will be locked away for 43 years - mirroring the jump back in time from 2012 to 1969 that Agent J experiences in the film.
CHICAGO, IL (May 1, 2012) - Zack Hernandez has been promoted to senior vice president, U.S. syndication sales, central region, for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Philip Martzolf, executive vice president, U.S. syndication sales, SPT, to whom he reports.
CANTON, MA (April 30, 2012) - Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is ready for the arrival of Men in Black™ 3 to the big screen on May 25. Beginning May 1, Baskin-Robbins, in conjunction with Columbia Pictures, brings the spirit of Men in Black™ 3 into participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide with a host of delicious frozen treats and promotions inspired by the blockbuster film franchise.
Culver City, CA (April 25, 2012) - Lauren Glotzer has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Corporate Development at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) it was announced today by David Hendler, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SPE, to whom she will report.
SINGAPORE (April 24, 2012) - Ricky Ow has been promoted to executive vice president, networks, Asia, for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks, SPT, to whom he reports.
Miami, FL (April 17, 2012) - Crackle, Inc., Sony Pictures Television's (SPT) multi-platform video entertainment network, launched today in 17 Spanish-speaking countries across Latin America including Mexico, becoming the only online network to offer always free-to-consumer, full-length, ad-supported movies and television series in the region. The latest expansion follows Crackle's debut in Brazil last month.
Sydney, Australia (April 17, 2012) - Crackle, Sony Pictures Television's (SPT) multi-platform video entertainment network, announced a major distribution expansion today extending its offering of ad-supported full-length movies and television series to all consumers with Sony's Blu-ray players, BRAVIA televisions and Network Media Players in Australia. The announcement was made by Eric Berger, executive vice president, digital networks, SPT.
NEW YORK, NY (March 30, 2012) - Michael Lynton has been named CEO of Sony Corporation of America (SCA) and Nicole Seligman will become SCA President, it was announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corporation and Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President.
London, UK (March 27, 2012) - 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, 2012) - 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.
CULVER CITY, Calif. (March 22, 2012) - The theme song to the highly anticipated action adventure comedy MEN IN BLACK™ 3, titled "Back In Time," has been written and recorded by RCA Records/Polo Grounds Music/Mr. 305 recording artist Pitbull, it was announced today by Lia Vollack, President of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures. The song will be available as a digital single and released to radio on March 26. MEN IN BLACK 3 will be released in 3D in theaters nationwide on May 25, 2012.
London, UK (March 22, 2012) - Donna Cunningham has been named executive vice president, operations, international production for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Andrea Wong, president, international production, Sony Pictures Television and president, international, Sony Pictures Entertainment. In this role, Cunningham will oversee the day-to-day operations for all of SPT's wholly-owned and joint venture production companies, facilitating the use of corporate resources to help each company reach their creative potential and grow their business.
Culver City, CA (March 20, 2012) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) today announced that Jim Underwood has been appointed Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital and Commercial Strategy, reporting to David Bishop, SPHE President.
Culver City & Beverly Hills, CA (March 15, 2012) - Sony Pictures and Fluent Entertainment have entered into a three-year, worldwide first-look agreement for Sony Pictures to distribute local-language films produced by local producers in collaboration with Fluent.
MIAMI, Fla./ SAO PAULO, Brazil (March 13, 2012) - Crackle, Inc., Sony Pictures Television's multi-platform video entertainment network, launched today in Brazil, becoming the only online network to offer ad-supported, always free-to-consumer full-length movies and television series in the region.
HONG KONG (March 8, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has licensed its hit series, Unforgettable to several key broadcasters across Asia-Pacific including WOWOW in Japan, STAR in India and TVNZ in New Zealand. The announcement was made by Angel Orengo, senior vice president, distribution, Asia Pacific, SPT.
CULVER CITY, CA (March 1, 2012) - Bruce Willis will star in "Five Against A Bullet", the action thriller being developed by producers Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Jordan Schur, and David Mimran for Columbia Pictures, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures.
LONDON, UK (March 1, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced the expansion of its international production business by taking a majority stake in Silver River Productions, an independent UK production company that develops content across a wide range of genres such as factual, features, arts, documentaries, entertainment, comedy and drama.
London, UK (Wednesday 29, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks today announced plans to launch Sony Movie Channel in the UK, its second Sony-branded channel in the territory. The channel, along with a time shifted +1 service, will carry advertising and launch this Spring, marking the first time the channel brand has launched outside the US.
HONG KONG (February 29, 2012) - Alistair Jennings has been named executive director, distribution, Asia Pacific for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). In this role, Jennings will oversee sales of SPT's catalog of television series and feature films across Southeast Asia. The announcement was made by Angel Orengo, senior vice president, distribution, Asia Pacific, to whom he reports.
CULVER CITY, CA (February 29, 2012) - Columbia Pictures is closing a deal to acquire the rights to adapt Bloodshot, the bestselling Valiant comic book character, into a feature film to be produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani on behalf of Valiant Entertainment, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Jeff Wadlow will write the screenplay.
CULVER CITY, CA (February 28, 2012) - Columbia Pictures has acquired the rights to develop the Dutch thriller Taped, into an English-language motion picture to be produced by Red Wagon Entertainment's Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures.
Culver City, CA (February 28, 2012) - Beginning next month, Sony Pictures will host workshops on digital workflows supporting Sony's new F65 CineAlta™ digital motion picture camera. The workshops, which will be conducted at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, are designed to educate qualified directors, cinematographers and other film industry professionals.
Los Angeles, CA (February 22, 2012) - IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that the long awaited next chapter in the famed James Bond franchise, SKYFALL, will be released in IMAX® theatres simultaneously with the film's international release on Oct. 26, and its domestic release on Nov. 9, 2012. This is the first IMAX installment of the iconic Bond film franchise.
CULVER CITY, CA ( February 6, 2012) - Sony Pictures Entertainment today unveiled an extended look at the upcoming movie The Amazing Spider-Man™ by bringing it directly to the fans in 13 cities around the world in anticipation of the launch of the film's new trailer online tomorrow beginning at 3 AM EST / 12 AM PST, it was announced today by Marc Weinstock, president, Worldwide Marketing for Sony Pictures. The Amazing Spider-Man will be released in theaters nationwide on July 3, 2012.
Vancouver, British Columbia - February 3, 2012 - Sony Pictures Imageworks, the Academy Award®-winning visual effects and digital character animation company, will expand its Vancouver, British Columbia capacity by opening an additional 16,000 square feet of space in the Yaletown area for work on the current productions MEN IN BLACK 3, THE AMAZING-SPIDER-MAN, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and Sony Pictures Animation's HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA now underway.
MIAMI, FL (Jan. 23, 2012) - Televisa and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that they have entered into a new exclusive first-look, co-production deal for scripted and telenovela formats. The announcement was made by José Antonio Bastón Patiño, President of Television and Content for Televisa and Andrea Wong, President of International Production for SPT.
London, UK (19 January 2012 ) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks today announced it is expanding its UK presence by wholly acquiring the channels business Dolphin Broadcasting Limited, and taking a majority stake in advertising sales house Dolphin TV Limited.
MIAMI, FL (January 17, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today a new original teleseries from the creators and executive producers of Rosario Tijeras and Tres Milagros, LA PREPAGO. 60 episodes of the series, to be produced in Colombia by Teleset and SPT in high definition, have already been licensed to broadcasters in the Colombia and US Hispanic markets.
CULVER CITY, CA (January 11, 2012) - Chris Kiriakatis has been promoted to senior vice president, digital, advertiser sales for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Amy Carney, president, advertiser sales, SPT, to whom he reports.