New York, NY, (December 10, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release again Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE on 300 screens nationwide this weekend. The film has already been named one of the Best Films of the Year by publications such as Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone. Cate Blanchett has garnered numerous accolades in the Best Actress category from critics’ groups around the country for her role as Jasmine, an elegant New York socialite who moves into her sister’s apartment in San Francisco after everything in her life falls to pieces.
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 6, 2013 - Michael De Luca is joining Sony Pictures Entertainment as President of Production for Columbia Pictures. De Luca will partner with Hannah Minghella to oversee development and production for the Columbia Pictures label and will report to Doug Belgrad, President, Columbia Pictures.
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 5, 2013 - Sony Pictures and the large network of companies within the Sony family will unite worldwide today, Thursday, December 5, 2013, in support of the studio's teaser trailer for its highly anticipated film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™. The launch event was announced today by Dwight Caines, president of Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures, and Nigel Clark, president of Marketing for Sony Pictures Releasing International. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in theaters internationally beginning April 16, 2014, and domestically on May 2, 2014.
CULVER CITY (November 19, 2013) - Bob Cisneros has been promoted to Director of the #1 syndicated game show, WHEEL OF FORTUNE, it was announced today by Executive Producer Harry Friedman. Cisneros is no newcomer to WHEEL OF FORTUNE, having joined the popular game show as stage manager in 1987 while on staff at CBS Television. He later made the move to the control room and took on the duties of associate director. Following Dick Carson and the late Mark Corwin, Cisneros becomes only the 3rd director in the syndicated series' 31 year history.
CULVER CITY & BEIJING - November 11, 2013 - Columbia Pictures announced principal photography has commenced on Jiang Wen's 3D feature film Gone With The Bullets, through his production company with Ma Ke, Buyilehu. This is the highly anticipated second film in the Bullets Trilogy that began with the 2010 hit feature Let The Bullets Fly (Rang zidan fei), which Jiang directed. The first feature was one of the highest grossing domestic Chinese releases in recent years, grossing over US$140 million at the worldwide box office, including RMB 720m in China. Gone with the Bullets will be distributed in China by Buyilehu, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI).
NEW YORK (November 7, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired US, German and Scandinavian rights to Paul Haggis' THIRD PERSON. Written and directed by Haggis, the film had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and features an all-star cast including Academy Award®-nominee Liam Neeson, Academy Award®-winner Kim Basinger, Academy Award®-winner Adrien Brody, Academy Award®-nominee James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and Maria Bello. Michael Nozik of Hwy61 and Haggis produced the film along with Paul Breuls of Corsan, who also provided the financing.
CULVER CITY, Calif., October 28, 2013 - Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC have begun production in Johannesburg, South Africa on Chappie, the next film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio, and MRC. Chappie is co-produced and co-financed by Sony Pictures and MRC; the film will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
CULVER CITY, CALIF. AND SANTA CLARA, CALIF., (Oct. 23, 2013) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and VUDU, Wal-Mart's subscription-free video streaming service, are delivering a new, enhanced way for movie fans to experience their digital movies with VUDU Extras+. Fans can now enjoy extras they've come to love from DVD and Blu-ray titles online with additional interactive features.
CULVER CITY, Calif., Oct. 22, 2013 - Cine Sony Television, Sony Pictures Television's (SPT) network delivering a premium Hollywood entertainment experience in Spanish for the fast-growing U.S. Hispanic market, today announced a distribution agreement to expand its blockbuster programming to Comcast's Xfinity TV cable service.
Espoo, Finland, October 9, 2013 - Rovio Entertainment announced today that Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis will direct Angry Birds, the upcoming 3D CG-animated film based on Rovio's bestselling app. The film is being produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder and executive produced by David Maisel; the screenplay is by Jon Vitti. The movie is slated for a July 1, 2016 release and will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
CANNES / CULVER CITY, CA (October 6, 2013) - Following successful premieres in the U.S., Canada, UK, Mexico, Korea and Australia, Sony Pictures Television's (SPT) The Blacklist continues its forward momentum by maintaining its substantial audience into the drama's subsequent episodes. The crime thriller, which premiered Sept. 23 in the U.S. as NBC's best drama debut in more than six years, saw week 2 break US DVR history with L+3 figures adding over 5 million viewers.
Culver City, CA - September 25, 2013 - Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that it has named Dwight Caines as President of Theatrical Marketing for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Caines will report to Jeff Blake, Vice Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution. Caines will continue to oversee worldwide digital marketing for the studio, working closely on theatrical marketing with Nigel Clark, President of Marketing for Sony Pictures Releasing International, who will now also report to Blake.
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 24, 2013 - Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures will partner on what is expected to be an R-rated animated film titled Sausage Party, written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir, from a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Jonah Hill, to be directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3) & Greg Tiernan, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio, and by Megan Ellison. Annapurna Pictures and Point Grey Pictures are producing.
CULVER CITY, CA (September 9, 2013) - Scott Landsman has been named senior vice president, comedy development for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Glenn Adilman, executive vice president, U.S. comedy development, SPT, to whom he reports.
CHICAGO, September 9, 2013 - A star-studded group of cast and characters from Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 took part in a food packing event today at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank to help kick-off Hunger Action Month, Feeding America's month long effort to raise awareness of the 49 million people who struggle with hunger in the US.
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 9, 2013 - In response to the fan support at the box office for TriStar Pictures' hit film One Direction: This Is Us, the studio is releasing an extended cut of the film, in theaters this Friday, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. One Direction: This Is Us – Extended Fan Cut will feature 20 minutes of new footage and four songs not previously in the movie. The film has taken in an estimated $50 million worldwide since opening.
Toronto, Canada (September 8th, 2013) - Alex Walton, President of International Sales and Distribution at Exclusive Media, announced today that the company has closed an all rights multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions ("SPWA") for the provocative romantic thriller THÉRÈSE.
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 3, 2013 - It was not the end after all. James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson return to the big screen with all of their outrageous mayhem as Sony Pictures re-releases this summer's comedy hit This Is The End in approximately 2000 theaters beginning this Friday, September 6. This Is The End has taken in $96.8 million to date at the domestic box office.
London, 22 August, 2013 - Multi award-winning television producer, Simon Andreae, is returning from the US to the UK to launch a new production company called Scarlet Media. The new venture is backed by Sony Pictures Television (SPT), which will hold a majority interest and distribute its output internationally.
New York, NY (August 21, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will expand Woody Allen's latest box office success BLUE JASMINE from 229 to over 1,200 screens nationwide this weekend. This surpasses MIDNIGHT IN PARIS' screen count, marking BLUE JASMINE as the widest release of any Woody Allen film.
Culver City, CA August 20, 2013 - Today at the Sony Computer Entertainment press conference at GamesCom, Ubisoft® announced that its film and television division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, is collaborating with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency on development of a feature film based on Watch Dogs™, Ubisoft's highly anticipated open world action-adventure video game, available for Sony's PlayStation 4 this holiday.
MIAMI, FL (August 20, 2013) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Teleset today announced that they will produce the original scripted series "El Mariachi" for the Latin American market. 70 episodes of the one-hour drama will air across Latin America on Sony Entertainment Television (SET).
CULVER CITY, Calif., August 19, 2013 - Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Tony Award nominee Bobby Cannavale in Columbia Pictures' Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Cannavale will play the role of Guy, a bulldog political advisor to Foxx's character as he runs for mayor of New York. Annie is slated for release on Christmas Day, 2014. The cast also includes Rose Byrne.
NEW YORK (August 15, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will distribute Bennett Miller's FOXCATCHER in North America, currently in post-production. The film is produced by Megan Ellison under her company Annapurna Pictures, as well as, Miller and Anthony Bregman and will be released on December 20.
CULVER CITY, CA (August 13, 2013) - Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC have agreed to co-produce and co-finance Chappie, the next film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio, and MRC. The film will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
CULVER CITY, CA (August 6, 2013) - Rachel Mizuno has been promoted to senior vice president, marketing, US distribution for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Sheraton Kalouria, executive vice president & chief marketing officer, SPT, to whom she reports.
(Culver City, CA, August 1, 2013) - Beginning September 1, 2013, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and Tom Rothman will launch TriStar Productions. The new joint venture will augment the studio's strong output of motion pictures and television programming, it was jointly announced today by Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment and Chairman and CEO of SPE, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of SPE.
NEW YORK (July 31, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that after continued box office success they will once again increase BEFORE MIDNIGHT's theater count to 226 screens this weekend. Richard Linklater's film, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, has grossed $7,743,294 in theaters to date. This surpasses BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET's box office grosses, marking BEFORE MIDNIGHT as the trilogy's most successful film.
NEW YORK (July 29, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today they have acquired worldwide rights to the documentary TIM'S VERMEER, directed by Teller of PENN & TELLER fame. Produced by Teller's stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler, the film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography?
NEW YORK (July 24, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today it will be releasing Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong documentary, THE ARMSTRONG LIE worldwide. The film, produced by Gibney, Frank Marshall and Matt Tolmach, tells the unfolding story of Armstrong's life and career over the last four years.
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 23, 2013 - Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) today announce the release of Alembic 1.5, their jointly-developed open-source project that facilitates the sharing of animation and visual effects scenes across multiple software applications. Alembic 1.5 includes new support for multi-threading, which, along with other new features, results in significant performance and efficiency improvements for all users.
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 23, 2013 - In celebration of the July 31, 2013 release of Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation's family comedy The Smurfs™ 2, the studio will host 162 day and date blue carpet premieres in cities around the world on Super Smurf Sunday, July 28.
MELVILLE, NY (July 15, 2013) - Rubie's Costume Company Inc., has teamed up with Lafig Belgium/IMPS to produce officially licensed costumes, masks, make up and accessories inspired by Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation's The Smurfs™ 2, in theaters July 31, 2013.
LOS ANGELES – July 11, 2013 - Sony Pictures Television has launched Wheel of Fortune: Cubed, which provides a fresh, captivating way for fans and players of all ages to enjoy a unique new version of the classic game. Wheel of Fortune: Cubed transforms the Wheel of Fortune game board into a 5x5 word cube, creating thousands of intriguing word combinations that provide plenty of puzzle solving fun.
Culver City, CA (July 11, 2013) - Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions; Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond film and Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan. The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.
NEW YORK (July 11, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the North American rights to Frank Pavich's documentary JODOROWSKY'S DUNE. Executive produced by Donald Rosenfeld and produced by Pavich, Stephen Scarlata, and Travis Stevens, the film was in the Director's Fortnight section at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Culver City, CA (July 2, 2013) - On Independence Day, to thank America's troops for their sacrifice and service, active military personnel and veterans will be admitted with one guest to see Columbia Pictures' White House Down for free at any Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, or Carmike Cinemas theater by showing proper military identification. The special invitation to America's military personnel and veterans is valid only on the 4th of July and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis at each participating location.
Miami, FL (July 2, 2013) - Nathalie Lubensky has been chosen to manage Sony Pictures Television's (SPT) channels in Latin America, it was announced today by TC Schultz, executive vice president and managing director, networks, Latin America and Brazil.
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 20, 2013 - Columbia Pictures is developing Bad Teacher 2, to be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Justin Malen, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Jimmy Miller, Jake Kasdan, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will produce the film, and Melvin Mar will executive produce. The project is being developed for Cameron Diaz to star in the film but no deal is yet set with the actress.
CULVER CITY, CA. - June 13, 2013 - After conquering the global box office with their first 3D trip to the big screen in the live-action/CG animated global smash hit The Smurfs™, the world's favorite three-apple-high heroes are back on July 31 in Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation's The Smurfs 2 - and just as with the first film, Sony Pictures Consumer Marketing has teamed with corporations and licensees around the world to create a global promotional campaign that stands among the largest the studio has ever produced, it was announced today by George Leon, executive vice president, Consumer Marketing for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 12, 2013 - Andrew Z. Davis has been named President of Production Administration for Columbia Pictures, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures.
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 10, 2013 - On Saturday, June 22, 2013, in celebration of the birthday of Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs (born June 25, 1928), Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation will once again coordinate events all over the world as part of Global Smurfs Day, a worldwide event in anticipation of the release of The Smurfs™ 2, in theaters July 31, it was announced today by Marc Weinstock, president, Worldwide Marketing for Sony Pictures.
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 5, 2013 - Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned the rights to remake A Prophet, the French hit released in the US in 2010, into an English language film to be produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe through the Original Film banner, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.
NEW YORK, NY and CULVER CITY, CA (June 5, 2013) - Acura, one of the world's most technologically advanced luxury automotive brands, has signed on as the sole sponsor of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the popular award-winning Web series created by and starring Jerry Seinfeld, returning this summer to Crackle and ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee.com.
NEW YORK (May 24, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to the Viewer's Choice Award, Grand Rail d'Or, winner at the 2013 Critics' Week, THE LUNCHBOX. The film, written and directed by Ritesh Batra, stars Irrfan Khan (LIFE OF PI), Nimrat Kaur and Nakul Vaid.
NEW YORK (May 24, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Jim Jarmusch's ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, which will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow in the In Competition section. The film was produced by Jeremy Thomas of Recorded Picture Company and Reinhard Brundig of Pandora Film.
Culver City, CA (May 20, 2013) - Maria Dreyer has been upped to senior vice president, advertiser sales & branded integration for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Amy Carney, president, advertiser sales, strategy & research, SPT, to whom she reports.
Espoo, Finland, May 20, 2013 - Rovio Entertainment announced today that comedy writer Jon Vitti, a veteran of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Office, and The Larry Sanders Show, will write the screenplay for Angry Birds - the upcoming animated 3D film based on Rovio's bestselling app.
Culver City, CA (May 15, 2013) - After Earth is set to utilize New Mexico's Spaceport America, the world's first purpose built commercial spaceport, at the movie's press junket on May 17th with the film's two lead actors, Jaden Smith and Will Smith in attendance.
Culver City, CA (May 15, 2013) - Sony Pictures Entertainment has won the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the eagerly anticipated Angry Birds animated film, making it one of the most high-profile deals of the year. The 3D film is being developed, produced, and financed by Rovio Entertainment and will be released worldwide by Sony Pictures on July 1, 2016.
Culver City, CA (May 13, 2013) - Billy Crystal is attached to star in Winter's Discontent as a widower who moves into a reputed active adult community in hopes of reinvigorating his sex life. Frank Oz will direct the comedy. Sony Pictures will distribute the film domestically and has also acquired rights in select international territories.
CULVER CITY, CA and MIAMI, FL (May 13, 2013) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Teleset have announced that they will produce an original series adaptation of the smash hit U.S. drama "Breaking Bad" for Latin American audiences. "Metástasis" is the first adaptation of the award-winning series by SPT, a pioneer and industry leader in scripted formats.
CULVER CITY, CA (May 10, 2013) - Virgin Produced, the film and television arm of the Virgin Group, has teamed up with Overbrook Entertainment on a non-exclusive pact, which will support the After Earth franchise, starting with the upcoming May 31st release, it was announced today by Jason Felts, CEO of Virgin Produced, and James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment.
CULVER CITY, CA (May 8, 2013) - To pay tribute to the legendary Ray Harryhausen's remarkable achievements, Sony Movie Channel has revised its schedule to include a special TV marathon, on Saturday, May 11, highlighting the filmmaker's career. Harryhausen, who died yesterday at the age of 92, is renowned for his special effects innovations and as the inventor of stop motion animation.
CULVER CITY, CA (May 7, 2013) - Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed its deal with Shane Black to co-write and direct Doc Savage, and Black is eyeing it as his next film, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Black co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, based on the hero of pulp novels, films, and comic books.
CULVER CITY, CA (May 6, 2013) - The newly-restored, 50th Anniversary Directors Cut of David Lean's 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia took home the award for "Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title" at the tenth FOCAL International Awards held May 2nd in London. The 4K restoration of the film was completed last year by Sony Pictures Entertainment under the direction of Grover Crisp, EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering for SPE. Crisp also received a special, individual award for "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Film Restoration and Preservation."
Culver City, CA (April 25, 2013) - A few months before the bones of Richard III were discovered below a parking lot in Leicester, England, the infamous British monarch was the focal point of a very different type of reclamation project halfway around the world in Culver City, California. There, Colorworks, Sony Pictures' digital intermediate facility, applied the finishing touches to an exhaustive 4K restoration of Richard III, Laurence Olivier’s 1955 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play.
New York, NY (April 25, 2013) - When it comes to survival, we could all use a pointer or two from an expert. Overbrook Entertainment with Sony Pictures Entertainment have teamed up with GENERATOR - a leading provider of marketing and commerce solutions for the entertainment industry - to develop a 7-episode web series inspired by themes from the upcoming action movie After Earth, in theaters May 31.
CULVER CITY, CA (April 24, 2013) - Sony Pictures Entertainment, Overbrook Entertainment, and XPRIZE will launch an unprecedented robotics competition celebrating the highly anticipated release of After Earth, in theaters May 31. Through an immersive two-stage competition, the XPRIZE After Earth Challenge propels individuals to engage in meaningful discussions regarding space exploration and environmental sustainability, while applying fundamental principles of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in navigating the fictitious universe of After Earth.
CULVER CITY, CA and ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (April 23, 2013) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks and Dori Media Group (DMG) announced today that they have entered into an agreement for SPT Networks to acquire 50% of Televiva, DMG's telenovela channel in Indonesia.
CULVER CITY, CA (April 22, 2013) - In advance of the nationwide release of After Earth, the highly anticipated film in theaters May 31, Columbia Pictures is teaming up with Google for a live "After Earth Day" Google+ Hangout tomorrow, April 23 – the day after Earth Day. The Google+ Hangout brings together some of the world's most renowned thinkers, inventors, authors, and futurists to discuss the film's themes and the future of our planet.
CULVER CITY, CA (April 22, 2013) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks today announced plans to launch getTV, a new US digital broadcast television network airing classic movies, in the fall of 2013. The third wholly owned Sony-branded channel in the US, getTV will premiere on the digital subchannels of Univision Television Group owned television stations. SPT is in active discussions with other stations groups in advance of launch.
CULVER CITY, CA (April 17, 2013) - Pop icon Britney Spears will release a song for Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation's highly anticipated family comedy "The Smurfs™ 2", entitled "Ooh La La," via Kemosabe / RCA Records. "Ooh La La," which will play at the end credits of the film, was written by Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke), Joshua Coleman (Ammo), Henry Walter (Cirkut), Bonnie McKee, Jacob Kasher Hindlin (J Kash), Lola Blanc and Fransisca Hall and produced by Dr. Luke, Ammo and Cirkut for Prescription Songs.
CULVER CITY, CA (April 16, 2013) - Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced its new environmental goals targeted for completion in 2020. This second generation of sustainability goals includes additional reductions in operational carbon emissions by 15%; achieving sustainable status on film and TV productions; promoting the transition from physical to digital production and distribution; and using the studio's global reach to raise environmental awareness and inspire sustainable practices among employees and beyond.
CULVER CITY, CA (April 16, 2013) - Crackle, the multi-platform entertainment network has been nominated in four categories in the 17th annual Webby Awards and honored in an additional six by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. A leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, the Webbys recognized Crackle's strong multi-platforms and original series in 2012 as the best among 11,000 international submissions.
CULVER CITY, Calif., April 15, 2013 - Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that it is teaming with both Barco and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. to mix Elysium, the highly anticipated second feature film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, in both the Auro 11.1 system and the Dolby® Atmos™ system, which deliver a more natural and realistic soundtrack that moves sound around and above audiences. Elysium, from TriStar Pictures in association with Media Rights Capital, will be the first Sony Pictures Entertainment title to be mixed in these state-of-the-art formats.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 10, 2013) - Columbia Pictures has acquired domestic distribution and a good portion of the available international distribution rights to David Ayer's epic war film FURY, with Brad Pitt set to star in the leading role, it was announced today by QED International CEO Bill Block and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures.
Los Angeles (April 9, 2013) - Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn have been signed to star in Screen Gems' BEWARE THE NIGHT, a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Scott Derrickson will direct the picture from a screenplay he and Paul Harris Boardman adapted. Production of the project is slated to begin in the Bronx on May 20th.
New York and Culver City, CA (April 9, 2013) - Michael Lynton, Chief Executive Officer of Sony Entertainment, Inc. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has renewed his contract, it was announced today by Kazuo Hirai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Corporation.
NEW YORK (March 19, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to Mike Leigh's upcoming film currently referred to as "Untitled Mike Leigh 13".
CULVER CITY, CA - David Steinberg, Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has been appointed to an expanded role where he will oversee legal affairs for all of the studio's motion picture groups. The announcement was made today by Leah Weil, SPE's Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, to whom he reports.
George Chien has been promoted to executive vice president, networks, Asia-Pacific for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Andy Kaplan, president, worldwide networks, to whom he reports.
CULVER CITY, Calif., March 7, 2013 – With production underway on Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, and post-production continuing on The Smurfs 2, Sony Pictures Digital Productions (SPDP) today announced it is bringing the studio's award-winning Sound Department and Colorworks, the studio's digital intermediate facility, under its umbrella. SPDP will now offer a host of post-production services to the professional community, including visual effects and computer animation, sound mixing and editorial and digital mastering, color grading, and film restoration.
BERLIN, Ger., March 5, 2013 – Columbia Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that The Monuments Men, a Smokehouse production directed by and starring George Clooney, has started production in Berlin, Germany. The action-thriller is written by Clooney & Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. Clooney and Heslov also produce the film through their Smokehouse Productions. It is their first production since winning the Academy Award® for Best Picture for their work on Argo. Barbara A. Hall is executive producer. The Monuments Men is a co-production with Germany's Siebente Babelsberg Film GmbH, a subsidiary of Studio Babelsberg AG. Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser and Henning Molfenter serve as co-producers. Sony Pictures will release the film domestically, with Twentieth Century Fox handling international territories.
CULVER CITY, Calif., March 5, 2013 – Crackle, Sony Pictures Television's multi-platform entertainment network, announced today that, together with innovative video advertising technology platform Innovid, they are launching cRoll. cRoll is the first interactive video ad unit that provides a consistent creative experience across all screens and devices: online, iOS mobile/tablets, Android mobile/tablets, connected TV's and game consoles.
CULVER CITY, Calif., FEBRUARY 25, 2013 – Friday nights are taking on a new tune as Sony Movie Channel (SMC) features music-themed blockbuster films each week in March. The network has curated films covering a myriad of musical genres from rock and roll to country, highlighting a diverse set of legendary artists that includes Bill Haley & His Comets; Bob Dylan; The Beach Boys; The Monkees; Willie Nelson and The Who. Billed as the channel's first annual Music Movie Month, the schedule's playlist is packed with hits such as THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, THAT THING YOU DO!, HEAD, CROSSROADS, GODSPELL and TOMMY, to name a few.
CULVER CITY, Calif., February 24, 2013 – Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, in the title role of Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.
February 13, 2013 -- Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Productions Russia has expanded its slate with a hat trick of new series. Based on original series from Canada, Latin America and Poland, these latest deals demonstrate SPT's leadership in creating programming for the expanding television markets of Russia and the CIS. All three series will be produced in Moscow by SPT's local production house, Lean-M.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) announced a new, multi-year agreement that extends their exclusive first-run output premium pay TV deal. As a result, Starz will have the exclusive pay television rights to Sony Pictures’ theatrical releases through 2021. The previous agreement between the two companies had covered motion pictures released theatrically through 2016.
CULVER CITY, Calif., February 5, 2013 – Sony Pictures Entertainment has entered into a two-year exclusive first-look agreement with producer Michael Costigan and his company COTA Films, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. The deal reunites Costigan with Sony Pictures, where he previously served as a production executive.
05 February 2013 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks announced today that it will launch a German version of its channel, Sony Entertainment Television, for the first time. The new channel will broadcast in Germany from Spring 2013 following a carriage deal brokered between SPT Networks Germany and Deutsche Telekom. Sony Entertainment Television will be part of Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV Service, Entertain.
New York, February 5, 2013 - Columbia Pictures announced today that filming has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2 in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State.
Culver City, Calif. - January 31st, 2013 - Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment's digital intermediate facility, has opened a new facility focused on 4K television post-production. Located in the Capra Building on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, Colorworks 4K Television will provide post-production services for original programming shot in 4K and re-mastering services for film-originated media. It will deliver both HD masters for current distribution and 4K masters for future use.
NEW YORK (January 30, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Charlie Paul's directorial debut, FOR NO GOOD REASON from Itch Film. Foreign sales are being handled by Independent Film Sales. Charlie Paul, who has been a director in advertising for years and is a former artist himself, spent 10 years making FOR NO GOOD REASON. Produced by Itch Film's co-founder Lucy Paul, the intimate documentary portrait focuses on Ralph Steadman and features Johnny Depp observing Steadman's fascinating working process at his home studio.
CULVER CITY, Calif., January 29, 2013 – Moviegoers are invited to join an initiative with Zero Dark Thirty, which has been nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, that allows people to donate their social media statuses in support of a unified message applauding the women who serve in the U.S. intelligence and military communities. Via Twitter or Facebook, participants' tweets or posts will be broadcast simultaneously with all other supporters.
CULVER CITY, Calif., January 29, 2013 – Adrian Smith has been promoted to the position of president of Sony Pictures Releasing Domestic Distribution, it was announced today by Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment. In conjunction with the promotion, Adam Bergerman and John Spinello have been named Assistant General Sales Managers for Domestic Distribution and each will report to Smith.
CULVER CITY, Calif., January 29, 2013 – Throughout the month of February, Sony Movie Channel (SMC) is featuring the early films of the Oscar® Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson, as part of its Friday Features franchise. Friday Features showcases blockbuster favorites, uncut and uncensored, starting at 10:00 PM E | 7:00 PM P every Friday night. The Nicholson salute features eight of his films from 1969 to 1975, including CHINATOWN and A SAFE PLACE, which hasn't been broadcast in over a decade.
CULVER CITY, Calif., January 28, 2013 - In recognition of Black History Month, Sony Movie Channel (SMC) is turning over its Take Two Tuesday night programming franchise to movies featuring some of film’s top African-American stars. Each film in the double feature block is connected to each other in a way that cinema enthusiasts will appreciate. Richard Pryor fans, especially, will be able to enjoy some of his stand-up concert comedies, uncut and uncensored. As an added bonus, the Take Two movies in February are being repeated over the course of the night, so that viewers on the east and west coasts can enjoy watching these priceless treasures in primetime hours.
NEW YORK (January 25, 2013) — Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American and UK rights to Richard Linklater's BEFORE MIDNIGHT, the third installment to BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Like BEFORE SUNSET, the third film is written by Academy Award® nominees Linklater, Hawke and Delpy. Premiering to critical acclaim in the Premieres Section on Sunday evening at the Sundance Film Festival, BEFORE MIDNIGHT has been one of the most talked about films at the festival.
NEW YORK (January 22, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US, Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV, and Eastern European (minus CIS which has already been sold) rights to John Krokidas' directorial feature debut, KILL YOUR DARLINGS. Co-written by Krokidas and Austin Bunn, KILL YOUR DARLINGS stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Cross, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film is a US Dramatic competition feature at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and premiered to a standing ovation on Friday.
CULVER CITY, Calif., January 22, 2013 – After 51 years in the entertainment industry and 32 years at Columbia Pictures, Gary Martin is retiring from his joint role as President, Production Administration, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group and President, Sony Pictures Studios Operations. To honor Martin's 32-year tenure, Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc. have announced that Sony Pictures Studios will dedicate Stage 15 "The Gary Martin Soundstage" in his honor.
Park City, UT (January 21, 2013) -- In its first purchase of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) today picked up worldwide rights to AUSTENLAND with Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) to domestically distribute the film. The film played to exuberant sold-out crowds in Park City since its Eccles premiere last Friday. The deal was negotiated by SPWA's Michael Helfand (Executive Vice President, Business Affairs), Joe Matukewicz (Senior Vice President, Acquisitions) and Jon Freedberg (Vice President, Business Development) with UTA Independent Film Group co-head Rena Ronson and Jim Meenaghan and Irwin M. Rappaport on behalf of the filmmakers.
CULVER CITY, CA (January 8, 2013) — Crackle, the multi-platform video entertainment network, has tapped a pair of seasoned sales and marketing executives to establish its U.S. advertising sales business and further connect its tremendous audience with advertisers. James Smith has been named senior vice president, digital media sales, and Rene Santaella has been named vice president, general sales manager. The announcement was made by Eric Berger, executive vice president, digital networks, Sony Pictures Television.
CULVER CITY, CA (January 7, 2013)—Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the popular web series starring Jerry Seinfeld, will return with 24 new episodes exclusively on Crackle and comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com. New episodes are set to start production shortly and to begin airing later in the spring.