Culver City, CA, November 26, 2014 - Sony Pictures Animation today announced the casting of Oscar®-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer Mel Brooks in the sequel to the 2012 worldwide hit, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2. Brooks has been cast in the role of Vlad, the ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy father to Dracula (Adam Sandler). Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure: when the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a comic collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.
NEW YORK, November 17, 2014 - Starting today, the Citi Bike® program is getting a new shade of red. In celebration of the upcoming December 19th release of the highly anticipated motion picture Annie starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz, 50 of the blue bikes have been temporarily turned red – Annie’s signature hue. The red bikes will be launched today at the Citi Bike station at Broadway & 17th Street, Union Square. They will be available for all to ride within the Citi Bike system until December 29, 2014.
CULVER CITY, Calif., November 11, 2014 - Nicholas Weiss has been named Senior Vice President, Creative Advertising for Sony Pictures Entertainment, it was announced today by Dwight Caines, president of Theatrical Marketing for the studio, and by Michael Pavlic, president, Worldwide Creative Advertising, to whom Weiss will report. In his new role, Weiss will oversee creative advertising campaigns for several of the studio’s most highly anticipated titles., including the untitled film from writer-director Cameron Crowe and the 24th James Bond adventure, both set for release next year.
CULVER CITY, Calif., November 10, 2014 - Military personnel and veterans are invited to celebrate Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada with free admission all day tomorrow to Sony Pictures Entertainment’s feature film Fury. At select theaters nationwide, veterans and military personnel who present proper military identification will receive free admission to the powerful David Ayer film starring Brad Pitt.
Culver City, CA, November 3, 2014 - Sony Pictures Animation today announced it would partner with animation pacesetter Fred Seibert to forge GO! Cartoons, a new idea incubator project that will provide emerging artists an incredible opportunity: a chance to turn their ideas into animated shorts that will debut on Seibert’s Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel, with its more than 1.3 million subscribers. Sony Pictures Animation will fund 12 five-minute animated shorts, with one premiering every month on Cartoon Hangover’s YouTube channel. One of those shorts will then become a limited series for the channel. This, in turn, will bring promising talent and animated content to the attention of Sony Pictures Animation through an alternative development method.
CULVER CITY, Calif., October 21, 2014 – Sony Movie Channel (SMC), the premier HD TV movie destination for Hollywood film fans, has signed a new multi-year distribution agreement with Suddenlink, the seventh largest cable distributor in the U.S. Suddenlink customers can now experience SMC’s engaging programming, ranging from modern favorites to iconic classics.
CULVER CITY, Calif., October 20, 2014 - The #1 comedy of 2014, Columbia Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ 22 Jump Street, will return to theaters on Friday, October 24, 2014, in advance of its release on home entertainment, it was announced today by Rory Bruer, president, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures.
ESPOO, Finland and CULVER CITY, Calif. USA, October 1, 2014 - Over the past 48 hours, fans of Angry Birds have discovered a reveal within the game: by slinging one billion birds, fans had the chance to unlock the voice cast and get a sneak peek at the new look of the characters of the Angry Birds feature film.
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 18, 2014 - "Guts Over Fear," the new single from Eminem featuring Sia, has just launched to great success as a digital download, with near universal acclaim and over 247,000 downloads worldwide.
NEW YORK (September 12, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired North American rights to STILL ALICE, starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish.
NEW YORK (September 11, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired North American rights to Giulio Ricciarelli’s directorial debut LABRYRINTH OF LIES from sales agent Beta Cinema. The film, based on a true story, exposes the conspiracy of certain prominent institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during WWII.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., September 10, 2014 - In advance of the release of the highly anticipated motion picture Annie, in theaters on December 19, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment is helping to support Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 4, 2014 - Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Andrés Muschietti has signed on to direct the highly-anticipated adaptation of best-selling PlayStation® software title, "Shadow of the Colossus."
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 3, 2014 - George Clooney has identified his next project to direct: an adaptation of the book Hack Attack, journalist Nick Davies’ account of the British phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s news empire.
CULVER CITY, Calif., September 2, 2014 - Ryan Doherty has joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in the newly created position of Vice President, Literary Development, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
NEW YORK (August 7, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights from Participant Media and Omidyar Network to the documentary MERCHANTS OF DOUBT, a film by Academy Award® nominated producer-director Robert Kenner (FOOD, INC.).
MONTRÉAL, Canada, August 6, 2014 - Principal photography has wrapped on the inaugural film from Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions, now officially titled The Walk. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is a true story based on Philippe Petit’s book "To Reach the Clouds," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young dreamer who dared the impossible: an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers. Zemeckis wrote the screenplay with Christopher Browne. Producers are Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke. The film will be released on October 2, 2015.
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 25, 2014 - Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with Clooney on Up in the Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine’s The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan DiFore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 23, 2014 - Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Elizabeth Cantillon will transition from her position as Executive Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 22, 2014 - Jeff Blake, Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the studio’s Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, announced today that he will leave Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) to pursue other opportunities effective August 1.
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 22, 2014 - Sony Pictures Animation today announced that Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic, and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions will produce MANIMAL, a live-action/animated feature film that takes the concept of the cult television drama of the same title – a crime-fighter who can transform into animals – and reinvents it as an action-comedy.
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 21, 2014 - Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that the studio has brought together an extraordinary number of iconic video game companies, whose classic characters – including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede®, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders – will be featured in the highly-anticipated action comedy Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox, and directed by Chris Columbus. The film will be released on May 15, 2015.
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 16, 2014 - Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) announced today that Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad has been promoted to President of its Motion Picture Group. Belgrad reports to Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 10, 2014 - Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet, a CG animation film production company of the SEGA SAMMY Group, today announced a partnership to develop a film based on the acclaimed Sonic the Hedgehog video game series.
CULVER CITY, Calif. (June 5, 2014) - Sony Pictures Entertainment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its blockbuster franchise Ghostbusters with a series of special events and home entertainment releases.
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 3, 2014 - Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has joined with BBC Films to greenlight The Lady in the Van, Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his commercial and critical West End hit, based on his own bestselling memoir. Dame Maggie Smith, the star of the Downton Abbey phenomenon, will reprise one of her most-loved stage roles for the big screen, under the direction of Nicholas Hytner.
Culver City, Calif. (May 19, 2014) - As part of its commitment to providing opportunities to talented artists of diverse backgrounds, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has announced the SPT Diverse Directors Program. The Los Angeles-based initiative will provide opportunities for highly qualified candidates to shadow established TV directors on episodes of various hour and half-hour scripted SPT series.
Culver City, CA (April) - Wheel of Fortune, America’s Favorite Game Show, adds another page to its chapter in television history, celebrating its 6000th episode during a week-long event. Beginning April 28th and running through May 2nd, each episode will honor the rare milestone by upping the rewards for players and viewers alike.
CULVER CITY, Calif., April 23, 2014 - Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation today announced a partnership on a live-action comedy featuring the beloved and dynamic icon Barbie. The studio sees this as its next big, global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year. Written by Jenny Bicks and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, the film will be executive produced by Parkes+MacDonald’s president Marc Resteghini alongside Julia Pistor, who will executive produce for Mattel’s Playground Productions.
Conyers, GA (April 23, 2014) - Principal photography has commenced on Goosebumps, starring Jack Black. Rob Letterman directs the film from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White and a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic and written by R. L. Stine. The producers are Neal H. Moritz and Deborah Forte. Executive producers are Bill Bannerman and Tania Landau. The film will be released on March 23, 2016.
NEW YORK, (April 22, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, Eastern European and Asian rights to the documentary RED ARMY from filmmaker Gabe Polsky. The film was just announced as part of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup in the Special Screening Section.
NEW YORK, (April 22, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Bennett Miller's FOXCATCHER in the United States on November 14. The film will premiere in the In Competition Section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
NEW YORK (April 7, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that it will release Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s LAND HO! on July 11 in New York and Los Angeles, followed by openings nationwide. Additionally, LAND HO! will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. The film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it played to great critical acclaim.
CULVER CITY, Calif., April 4, 2014 - Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage have joined Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Josh Gad in the cast of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Pixels, which will be directed by Chris Columbus and released in the Summer of 2015. Principal photography will begin in June of this year on the Happy Madison/1492 Pictures production, which was written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the short film directed by Patrick Jean and produced by One More Production. Pixels will be produced by Happy Madison’s Adam Sandler and Allen Covert, and 1492 Pictures’ Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. Executive producers are Barry Bernardi, Jack Giarraputo, Tim Herlihy, Heather Parry and Seth Gordon.
CULVER CITY, Calif., April 1, 2014 - TriStar Productions today announced an all-star band of film talent will collaborate on Ricki and the Flash. Produced by Marc Platt and Mason Novick, the film unites Oscar® winners Diablo Cody, who wrote the original screenplay, director Jonathan Demme, and Meryl Streep, who will star in the title role.
March 25, 2014 - Madison Gate Records and SpaceLab9 announced today the worldwide release of THE RAID 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The album hits digital retailers today, March 25th, with the CD format coming April 29, 2014, followed by a deluxe vinyl LP edition early summer 2014. THE RAID 2 will arrive in U.S. theaters this Friday, March 28th, and is distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
NEW YORK (March 20, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, Australian and NZ, Asian, Eastern European and Russian rights to James D. Cooper’s directorial debut LAMBERT & STAMP. The film stars Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, and features Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and Terence Stamp. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to wide acclaim and critical reviews.
Culver City, CA, March 12, 2014 - Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects—which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form’s most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio’s most popular worlds.
NEW YORK (February 18, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand to Zhang Yimou's COMING HOME starring Gong Li. The film, currently in post-production, is produced by Bill Kong and LeVision Pictures' Zhang Zhao. Lava Bear Films' David Linde executive produced.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2014 - In a first of its kind partnership, Spider-Man will be the first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour, the global movement organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), with a message to inspire individuals to use their power to become Super Heroes for the planet.
Berlin, Germany (February 8, 2014) - Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has announced that they have taken all rights in international English-speaking territories, Latin America and other key European territories to the film THE END OF THE TOUR, which stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg and is directed by James Ponsoldt (THE SPECTACULAR NOW). The script was penned by playwright Donald Margulies, who adapted David Lipsky's book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace.
New York, NY (February 6, 2014) - The Dreamcatchers announced today that Sony Pictures Classics have acquired all US and Latin American rights to Berlin competition title, ALOFT, written and directed by Claudia Llosa. Producers on the film include Jose María Morales on behalf of WANDA, Ibón Cormenzana on behalf of ARCADIA, Phyllis Laing on behalf of BUFFALO GAL and Jerome Vidal on behalf of NOODLES. This is Llosa’s first English Language film. Her last film, MILK OF SORROW won the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.
New York, NY (February 1, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes’ directorial debut INFINITELY POLAR BEAR. Also written by Forbes, the film stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.
LOS ANGELES, CA - January 30, 2014 - Sony Pictures Television today extended a challenge to sports fans worldwide with the launch of the new "Sports Jeopardy!" mobile game. Available today across iOS and Android platforms, the "Sports Jeopardy!" app offers sports fanatics the chance to see how they stack up against the competition with the high quality game experience that comes with the Jeopardy! brand.
New York, NY (January 24, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, German and Scandinavian rights to Ira Sachs’ feature LOVE IS STRANGE. LOVE IS STRANGE made its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it has been one of the most well received films by critics and audiences alike.
Park City, Utah (January 22, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced this morning that it has secured worldwide rights to Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s bawdy road trip comedy LAND HO!, which premiered on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. SPC plans to release the film nationwide in 2014.
New York, NY (January 18, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, Australian, New Zealand and German rights to Damien Chazelle’s feature WHIPLASH. The film, which played as the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s opening night film, received rave reviews on Thursday.
New York, NY (January 9, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Woody Allen’s upcoming film, MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT from Gravier Productions. Like BLUE JASMINE, the film is produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson. The film was shot by Darius Khondji (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS) with Production Design by Anne Seibel (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS).
CULVER CITY, Calif., January 6, 2014 - Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Man Jit Singh has been named President of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE), reporting to Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc., and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment.