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  • TRISTAR PRODUCTIONS BULLISH ON MONEY MONSTER
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT TEAMS UP WITH ICONIC VIDEO GAME COMPANIES AS CLASSIC CHARACTERS COME TOGETHER IN "PIXELS"
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION LAUNCHES DIVERSE DIRECTORS PROGRAM
  • 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.
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  • 'WHEEL OF FORTUNE' MARKS MILESTONE 6000TH EPISODE
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT AND MATTEL ANNOUNCE PLAN TO BRING THE ICONIC CHARACTER OF BARBIE TO LIFE ON SCREEN
  • 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.
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  • JACK BLACK STARS IN GOOSEBUMPS DIRECTED BY ROB LETTERMAN ALSO STARRING DYLAN MINNETTE AND ODEYA RUSH
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES RED ARMY
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TO RELEASE LAND HO! ON JULY 11
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT SLATES "PIXELS" FOR SUMMER 2015
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES LAMBERT & STAMP
  • 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.
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  • ZHANG YIMOU COMES HOME TO SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
  • 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.
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  • EARTH HOUR AND SPIDER-MAN JOIN FORCES TO SAVE THE PLANET
  • EARTH HOUR AND SPIDER-MAN JOIN FORCES TO SAVE THE PLANET
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES "INFINITELY POLAR BEAR"
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION CHANGES THE (MOBILE) GAME WITH 'SPORTS JEOPARDY!'
  • 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.
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  • "LOVE IS STRANGE" AND SONY PICTURES CLASSICS GET HITCHED
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS LANDS SUNDANCE SLEEPER HIT "LAND HO!"
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES SUNDANCE HIT "WHIPLASH"
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES WOODY ALLEN’S NEXT FILM "MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT"
  • 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).
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT TO EXPAND THE SPIDER-MAN UNIVERSE ON SCREEN WITH ALL-STAR WRITING TEAM
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2013 - In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TO RELEASE WOODY ALLEN’S BLUE JASMINE ON 300 SCREENS THIS WEEKEND
  • 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.
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  • MICHAEL DE LUCA JOINS COLUMBIA PICTURES AS PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION
  • 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.
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  • SONY UNITES THE COMPANY'S BROAD AND DIVERSE ENTERTAINMENT PLATFORMS IN THE TRAILER LAUNCH FOR "THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2™"
  • 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.
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  • "WHEEL OF FORTUNE" NAMES BOB CISNEROS DIRECTOR
  • 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.
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  • COLUMBIA PICTURES TEAMS UP WITH JIANG WEN AND MA KE'S BUYILEHU FOR "GONE WITH THE BULLETS"
  • 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).
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES PAUL HAGGIS' "THIRD PERSON"
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT AND MRC ANNOUNCE START OF PRODUCTION ON "CHAPPIE"
  • 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.
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  • CINE SONY TELEVISION REACHES CARRIAGE AGREEMENT WITH COMCAST'S XFINITY TV
  • 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.
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  • ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES DIRECTORS FOR "ANGRY BIRDS" MOVIE
  • 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.
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  • "THE BLACKLIST" BREAKS RECORDS, KEEPS WORLDWIDE AUDIENCES WANTING MORE
  • 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.
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  • DWIGHT CAINES PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT OF MARKETING FOR COLUMBIA TRISTAR MOTION PICTURE GROUP
  • DWIGHT CAINES PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT OF MARKETING FOR COLUMBIA TRISTAR MOTION PICTURE GROUP
  • 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.
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  • "THIS IS THE END," THIS SUMMER'S COMEDY SMASH, RETURNS TO THEATERS THIS WEEKEND
  • 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.
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  • UBISOFT® CONNECTS WITH SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT AND NEW REGENCY FOR WATCH DOGS™ 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.
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  • BOBBY CANNAVALE JOINS THE CAST OF "ANNIE" OPPOSITE QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS, JAMIE FOXX, AND CAMERON DIAZ
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS PINS ANNAPURNA'S "FOXCATCHER"
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT AND TOM ROTHMAN TO LAUNCH NEW JOINT VENTURE
  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT AND TOM ROTHMAN TO LAUNCH NEW JOINT VENTURE
  • (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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS EXPANDS "BEFORE MIDNIGHT" TO 226 SCREENS
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS UNLOCKS "TIM'S VERMEER"
  • 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?
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS RIDES WITH DOCUMENTARY "THE ARMSTRONG LIE"
  • 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.
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  • INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC AND SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS RELEASE ALEMBIC 1.5
  • INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC AND SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS RELEASE ALEMBIC 1.5
  • 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.
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  • GET READY FOR A SMURFTASTIC HALLOWEEN!
  • 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.
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  • SAM MENDES RETURNS TO DIRECT BOND 24
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES DOCUMENTARY 'JODOROWSKY'S DUNE'
  • 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.
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  • ACTIVE MILITARY AND VETERANS INVITED TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH WITH FREE ADMISSION TO "WHITE HOUSE DOWN"
  • 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.
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  • COLUMBIA PICTURES BEGINS DEVELOPMENT ON "BAD TEACHER 2"
  • 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.
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  • GLOBAL SMURFS™ DAY RETURNS SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013
  • GLOBAL SMURFS™ DAY RETURNS SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS ENGLISH-LANGUAGE RIGHTS TO "A PROPHET"
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES JIM JARMUSCH'S ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
  • 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.
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  • JON VITTI TAKES FLIGHT WITH ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE SCREENPLAY
  • 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.
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  • ROVIO'S ANGRY BIRDS FEATURE FILM NESTS AT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
  • ROVIO'S ANGRY BIRDS FEATURE FILM NESTS AT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION UNVEILS FIRST ADAPTATION OF HIT SERIES
  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION UNVEILS FIRST ADAPTATION OF HIT SERIES "BREAKING BAD"
  • 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.
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  • WRITER/DIRECTOR SHANE BLACK TO MAKE DOC SAVAGE FOR SONY PICTURES AND ORIGINAL FILM
  • 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.
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  • RESTORED "LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" WINS FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD
  • 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."
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  • COLORWORKS AIDS IN 4K RESTORATION OF
  • COLORWORKS AIDS IN 4K RESTORATION OF "RICHARD III"
  • 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.
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  • OFFICIAL AFTER EARTH SURVIVAL VIDEO SERIES LAUNCHES
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, OVERBROOK ENTERTAINMENT & XPRIZE JOIN FORCES TO LAUNCH ROBOTICS COMPETITION
  • 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.
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  • "AFTER EARTH" COMES TO LIFE IN GOOGLE+ HANGOUT DISCUSSION
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS TO LAUNCH getTV
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES ANNOUNCES NEW SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS
  • 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.
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  • CRACKLE RECEIVES FOUR WEBBY NOMINATIONS AND SIX OFFICIAL HONORS
  • 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.
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  • COLUMBIA PICTURES ACQUIRES DAVID AYER'S "FURY" STARRING BRAD PITT
  • 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.
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  • ERIC BANA, EDGAR RAMIREZ, AND OLIVIA MUNN JOIN SCREEN GEMS' BEWARE THE NIGHT
  • 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.
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  • THE SMURFS™ PARTICIPATED IN THE 2013 WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL
  • THE SMURFS™ PARTICIPATED IN THE 2013 WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL
  • WASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2013 – The 2013 Easter Egg Roll, which took place on the South Lawn of the White House, is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, "Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!" The event featured live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. The activities encouraged children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative.
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  • SONY PICTURES UNITES SOUND DEPARTMENT AND DIGITAL MASTERING UNDER 'DIGITAL PRODUCTIONS' UMBRELLA
  • 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.
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  • "The Monuments Men," DIRECTED BY AND STARRING GEORGE CLOONEY, BEGINS PRODUCTION IN GERMANY
  • 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.
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  • CRACKLE UNVEILS cROLL
  • 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.
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  • IT'S MUSIC MADNESS IN MARCH ON SONY MOVIE CHANNEL AS MUSIC MARATHONS TAKE CENTER STAGE
  • 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.
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  • SPT PRODUCTIONS RUSSIA WINS HAT TRICK OF INTERNATIONAL SCRIPTED FORMAT ORDERS
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INKS TWO-YEAR FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH PRODUCER MICHAEL COSTIGAN
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS EXPANDS GERMAN PORTFOLIO
  • 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.
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  • Sony Pictures Colorworks Launches 4K Television Post-Production Facility
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES FOR NO GOOD REASON
  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES FOR NO GOOD REASON
  • 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.
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  • WILL GLUCK IN NEGOTIATIONS TO DIRECT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT'S "ANNIE"
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., January 30, 2013 – Sony Pictures Entertainment is in negotiations with Will Gluck to direct a broad-based re-imagining of the classic Broadway musical Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. The film will be produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through their Overbrook Entertainment banner, and by Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith through Marcy Media. Gluck will revise the film's screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play "Annie," book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on "Little Orphan Annie," © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc. The film will be set in the modern day. The studio is anticipating a late fall start and is eyeing a 2014 release date.
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  • MOVIEGOERS JOIN "ZERO DARK THIRTY" IN SALUTING WOMEN IN THE MILITARY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
  • 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.
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  • ADRIAN SMITH NAMED PRESIDENT, SONY PICTURES RELEASING DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION
  • ADRIAN SMITH NAMED PRESIDENT, SONY PICTURES RELEASING DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES SUNDANCE FAVORITE BEFORE MIDNIGHT
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES SUNDANCE HIT KILL YOUR DARLINGS
  • 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.
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  • GARY MARTIN RETIRES FROM SONY PICTURES; STUDIO TO DEDICATE SOUND STAGE IN HIS HONOR
  • GARY MARTIN RETIRES FROM SONY PICTURES; STUDIO TO DEDICATE SOUND STAGE IN HIS HONOR
  • 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.
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  • SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS BUYS AUSTENLAND IN A WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TO DISTRIBUTE FILM IN NORTH AMERICA
  • 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.
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  • CRACKLE BUILDS DIGITAL ADVERTISING SALES TEAM IN THE U.S.
  • 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.
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  • WHEEL OF FORTUNE CELEBRATES 30TH SEASON WITH LAUNCH OF NEW MOBILE GAME BY SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
  • "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."
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  • HASTY PUDDING INSTITUTE OF 1770 TO HONOR SONY ENTERTAINMENT, INC., CEO MICHAEL LYNTON WITH THE INAUGURAL ORDER OF THE GOLDEN SPHINX AWARD
  • "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."
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  • ANGELICA GUERRA NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION, LATIN AMERICA AND US HISPANIC FOR SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
  • "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."
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  • AMY CARNEY TO OVERSEE STRATEGY & RESEARCH, FOR SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
  • "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."
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  • DANE DeHAAN SET TO JOIN CAST OF THE NEXT INSTALLMENT IN THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™ TRILOGY
  • "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."
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  • DANCING NATION STEPS INTO ASIA-PACIFIC
  • "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. "
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  • SONY PICTURES STUDIOS LAUNCHES CLEAN TRUCK FLEET
  • "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."
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  • CRACKLE LAUNCHES PLAYSTATION® 3 APP
  • "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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  • SKYFALL SETS NEW BOX OFFICE RECORD
  • "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."
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  • CRACKLE LAUNCHES FIRST APP TO OFFER FREE FULL-LENGTH HOLLYWOOD MOVIES AND TELEVISION SERIES ON PLAYSTATION 3 IN LATIN AMERICA AND BRAZIL
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND ZEPTOLAB® TO COLLABORATE ON 'CUT THE ROPE®'
  • "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."
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  • SALES OF SONY PICTURES TELEVISION SERIES SOAR IN LATIN AMERICA
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS FILLS THE VOID
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES UNVEILS CULVER CITY LANDMARK "RAINBOW"
  • "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."
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  • SKYFALL™ TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX® THEATRES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA ONE DAY EARLY, ON NOVEMBER 8
  • "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."
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  • 'STORIES FROM THE HOSPITAL' BRINGS REAL LIFE TO SERIES DRAMA IN THE NETHERLANDS
  • "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."
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  • AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED HOSTS PLAY ON!
  • "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."
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  • EPIX CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY OF JAMES BOND WITH NEW DOC AND 24 / 007 MARATHON
  • "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. "
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  • EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS KEEPS COMPANY WITH ROBERT REDFORD
  • "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)."
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES EQUITY INVESTMENT AND FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH SCOTT SANDERS THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION TAKES MAJORITY STAKE IN LEFT BANK PICTURES
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES INTERACTIVE OPENS A HOTEL GAME ON FACEBOOK
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TAKES ON "AT ANY PRICE"
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES THE GATEKEEPERS
  • "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."
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  • THE DR. OZ SHOW SET FOR UK DEBUT
  • "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."
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  • Sony Pictures Television Networks to Launch US Spanish Language Entertainment Channel, Debuting on Verizon FiOS TV
  • "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."
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  • BOB BILLECI UPPED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONS, NETWORKS, SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
  • "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.

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  • Random House, Sony Pictures Consumer Products, and Overbrook Entertainment Announce After Earth Publishing Program
  • "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. "
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  • Sony Pictures' Studio-wide Post-Production Effort Helped Make Spider-Man™ 'Amazing'
  • "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."
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  • Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and PlayFirst join to Develop Mobile Game for Sony Pictures Animation's Upcoming 3D Animated Comedy, Hotel Transylvania
  • "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. "
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  • THE SING-OFF SEASON 3 WINNERS PENTATONIX RELEASE DEBUT EP "PTX VOLUME 1" TUESDAY, JUNE 26th
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES PEDRO ALMODÓVAR'S COMEDY CURRENTLY TITLED "I'M SO EXCITED"
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION TO INCREASE STAKE IN MULTI SCREEN MEDIA
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES ANIMATION DRIVES TONKA TRUCKS TO THE BIG SCREEN
  • "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."
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  • Colorworks Posts "Eldorado" Shot with F65 Camera
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS ANNOUNCES NEW MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE FOR EMEA
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS PARTNERS WITH GAUMONT INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION ON HANNIBAL
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS LEADS STELLAR TEAM TO CREATE OUT OF THIS WORLD VISUAL EFFECTS AND ANIMATION ON "MEN IN BLACK™ 3"
  • "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). "
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  • Over 13.9 Million Total Viewers Join the Feud
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS SAYS YES TO PABLO LARRAÍN'S CANNES FAVORITE NO FROM PARTICIPANT MEDIA
  • "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."
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  • SIX MINUTES OF "THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™" TO RUN BEFORE "MEN IN BLACK™ 3" IN IMAX® 3D AND SELECT THEATRES
  • "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."
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  • MIB ♥NYC ON WEDNESDAY MAY 23 WITH A SERIES OF EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY CULMINATING IN FILM PREMIERE
  • "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. "
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  • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES SUSANNE BIER'S LATEST FILM LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
  • "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."
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  • AARON SORKIN TO ADAPT "STEVE JOBS" FOR SONY PICTURES
  • "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."
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  • Contract signed between MBC Group, Talpa, & Sony Pictures Television Arabia
  • "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."
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  • Sony Pictures Television Networks appoints head of sales for Central Europe
  • "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."
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  • THE SING-OFF HITS A HIGH NOTE IN CHINA
  • "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."
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  • "MEN IN BLACK™ 3" HAS ITS MOMENT IN TIME AS TIME CAPSULE BEGINS CROSS COUNTRY TOUR
  • "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."
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  • MEN IN BLACK™ 3 INSPIRED FROZEN TREATS LAND AT BASKIN-ROBBINS SHOPS NATIONWIDE
  • "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."
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  • CRACKLE EXPANDS IN 17 COUNTRIES ACROSS LATIN AMERICA
  • "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."
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  • CRACKLE EXPANDS DISTRIBUTION IN AUSTRALIA
  • "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."
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  • World Sports Group - Multi Screen Media sign on as Official Broadcast Partner for IPL
  • "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."
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  • PITBULL GOES "BACK IN TIME" WITH THEME SONG TO "MEN IN BLACK™ 3"
  • "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."
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  • DONNA CUNNINGHAM NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS, INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION FOR SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
  • "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."
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  • CRACKLE POPS IN BRAZIL
  • "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. "
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  • Sony Pictures Television and Silver River Productions join forces
  • "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."
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  • Sony Pictures Television Networks to launch dedicated film channel for UK
  • "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."
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  • COLUMBIA PICTURES SEES RED WITH VALIANT'S "BLOODSHOT"
  • "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."
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  • RED WAGON TO TRANSLATE DUTCH THRILLER "TAPED" FOR COLUMBIA PICTURES
  • "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."
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  • Sony Pictures Studios to Host F65 Production Workshops
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS EXPANDS VANCOUVER VISUAL EFFECTS & ANIMATION STUDIO
  • "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. "
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND TELEVISA SIGN WORLDWIDE FIRST LOOK CO-PRODUCTION DEAL
  • "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."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION UNVEILS ORIGINAL TELESERIES LA PREPAGO
  • "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."
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  • SONY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION UK SECURES VIRGIN MEDIA CARRIAGE
  • "LONDON, UK (December 15, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has concluded a carriage agreement with Virgin Media to provide its UK channel, Sony Entertainment Television. From today, the service will begin broadcasting on channel EPG 193 to all Virgin Media's pay TV subscribers (M+ tier and above) with selected content available as Catch-Up TV from Virgin Media's pioneering On Demand service."
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  • JOHN NAVEIRA PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, POST PRODUCTION FOR SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (December 14, 2011) - John Naveira, a 21-year veteran of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has been promoted to executive vice president, Post Production at the studio it was announced today by Gary Martin, president of Production Administration. In his new role, Naveira will oversee a staff of ten as they implement all aspects of post production, from budgeting to digital delivery/answer print, on all titles at the studio. He will assume the position vacated by James Honore, who retires this month after 26 years working at the studio."
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT EXTENDS FIRST-LOOK NON-EXCLUSIVE PACT WITH ESCAPE ARTISTS
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (December 13, 2011) - Sony Pictures Entertainment has extended its first-look non-exclusive deal with Escape Artists, the independently financed film and television production company headed by partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. The three-year deal renews Sony Pictures' relationship with the company, which has been headquartered at the studio since 1998."
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  • SONY PICTURES TAPS UNIQUE GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION ASSETS OF THE COMPANY TO LAUNCH WORLD'S FIRST LOOK AT "MEN IN BLACK™ 3"
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (December 12, 2011) - Sony Pictures and the large network of companies within the Sony family will unite worldwide in support of one of the studio's most recognized and successful motion picture franchises as the company premieres a first look at Men in Black™ 3 on Monday, December 12, 2011. The launch event, which was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, will reach a potential audience of 749 million people around the world. Men in Black 3 the movie will be released in theaters worldwide on May 25, 2012."
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  • SPT WRITES NEW CHAPTER FOR RUSSIAN RAYMOND
  • "LONDON, UK (November 30, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced it is to start development on a complete season of 60 original Russian episodes of the local adaptation of Everybody Loves Raymond (known locally as The Voronins). This marks the first time a full season of the format will be written and produced outside the US by continuing the storyline beyond the US original. As the pioneer of situational comedies in the Russian market, SPT has now reproduced all 210 original US episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond in Russia for CTC, with original US scripts running out towards the end of the last season."
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  • INDIA AND ROMANIA GET A DOSE OF THE DR. OZ SHOW
  • "INDIA / ROMANIA (November 29, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold the format for its entertaining, high-octane, multi-topic magazine talk show, The Dr. Oz Show to broadcasters in India and Romania. In India, general entertainment channel COLORS has commissioned the hit talk show format, which marks the first time a US talk show format will be produced in India and the first formatted medical show to air in the region. In Romania, TV Romania (TVR) has ordered 100 episodes of the show, marking the first time the format will be produced in the territory. The announcement was made by Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, SPT."
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  • SONY PICTURES ANIMATION AND ARAD PRODUCTIONS SET JAY SCHERICK & DAVID RONN TO WRITE ANIMATED POPEYE
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (November 03, 2011) - Sony Pictures Animation has set screenwriters Jay Scherick & David Ronn to write the screenplay for an all-new POPEYE animated feature, based on the iconic characters of comic strip and cartoon fame. POPEYE is the second project for Scherick and Ronn with Sony Pictures Animation following their success with this summer's blockbuster THE SMURFS, which has grossed more than $550 million worldwide since its July 29 opening. Sony Pictures Animation and Arad Productions are producing the stereoscopic 3D animated feature."
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  • SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS ACQUIRES MULTIPLE TERRITORIES ON JACK BLACK & MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM COMEDY BAILOUT
  • "Culver City, CA (November 02, 2011) - Ealing Metro has struck a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) on Michael Winterbottom's (Trishna, The Trip, 24 Hour Party People) eagerly anticipated comedy BAILOUT starring Jack Black (School of Rock). The deal includes North America, South America, Australia, South Africa and Scandinavia and was negotiated by Will Machin for Ealing Metro along with Tana Evans, Vice President Acquisitions & Distribution, and Michael Helfand, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs for SPWA."
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  • GAME ON FOR SPT ARABIA WITH FIRST NON-SCRIPTED FORMAT DEALS
  • "LONDON, UK and DUBAI (November 01, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that its production company in the Middle East, SPT Arabia, has secured its first non-scripted format deals in the region, with production to start on local versions of the hit game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!"
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  • CRACKLE HEADS TO LATIN AMERICA
  • "MIAMI, FL and SAO PAULO, Brazil (October 31, 2011) - Crackle, a multi-platform video entertainment network, today announced it will launch in Brazil in the first quarter of 2012, becoming the first online network to offer ad-supported, free-to-consumer full-length movies and television series in Latin America. The network will be overseen by Jose Rivera-Font, vice president and general manager, Crackle, Latin America and Brazil. The announcement was made by Andy Kaplan, president, worldwide networks, Sony Pictures Television (SPT)."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND BAND TV SIGN THREE-SERIES CO-PRODUCTION DEAL
  • "SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (October 25, 2011) - Band TV and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that they have entered into a three-year co-production agreement to produce three primetime sitcoms to premiere on Band. The co-productions will be produced by SPT's Floresta, the first of which will be a local version of the hit U.S. comedy \"The Nanny.\" The announcement was made by Marcelo Meira, vice president, Band TV, and Elisabetta Zenatti, general manager, Floresta."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION CONTINUES MIDDLE EAST EXPANSION
  • "LONDON and DUBAI (October 25, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced the opening of a local sales office in the Middle East. This new office will be responsible for licensing films and television series from Sony Pictures' distribution catalogue as well as finished, local content produced by SPT's production company in the region, SPT Arabia."
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  • PAN AM WINGS ITS WAY INTO ASIA-PACIFIC
  • "HONG KONG (October 20, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has licensed Pan Am, its glossy, period drama series set around the iconic international airline, to STAR in India and TVNZ in New Zealand. In addition, Sony Pictures Television's networks, Asia has picked up the new drama to air regionally across Asia in key markets such as Hong Kong. The announcement was made by Angel Orengo, senior vice president, distribution, Asia-Pacific, SPT."
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT DEDICATES PARK TO JOHN CALLEY
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (October 19, 2011) - Sony Pictures Entertainment (http://www.sonypictures.com) today revealed the naming of John Calley Park in honor of the late, former Chairman of the studio; it was announced by chairman and chief executive officer Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal at a dedication ceremony attended by studio employees. The newly-named park is located in the center of the studio's historic 44 1/2 acre lot and serves as a central gathering spot for employees and visitors."
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  • SONY MOVIE CHANNEL LAUNCHES AUTHENTICATED ONLINE EXTENSION
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (October 4, 2011) - Sony Movie Channel, the first U.S. multi-platform television network from Sony Pictures Television (SPT), unveiled its authenticated online service Sony Movie Channel Everywhere, making a wide variety of full-length Hollywood movies available online at no additional charge to DIRECTV and DISH Network customers. The announcement was made today by Superna Kalle, general manager, Sony Movie Channel."
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  • WHO YA GONNA CALL?
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (September 22, 2011) - Get ready for mass hysteria! This October, Sony Pictures Repertory celebrates the original movie Ghostbusters, its franchise, and its fans by bringing the quintessential modern classic back to theatres for a special limited engagement of one showtime one night a week. Starting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and continuing every following Thursday in October 2011, fans together will be able to see their favorite paranormal psychologists back on the big screen as they save the world from ghosts, ghouls, and Mr. Stay Puft."
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  • JOHN CALLEY, LONGTIME STUDIO CHIEF AND PRODUCER, DIES AT 81
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., (September 13, 2011) – John Calley, who led three major Hollywood studios and produced or championed a constellation of hit films, from Catch-22 to The Da Vinci Code, during a legendary career that spanned more than 50 years, passed away today. He was 81."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION'S NETWORKS ACQUIRE THE CONFESSION
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., (September 7, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television's (SPT) networks have acquired the original multi-platform series The Confession for their international channels and branded non-linear platforms. Starring multi award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland and two-time Academy Award nominee John Hurt, The Confession will premiere on SPT's AXN-branded platforms in 125 territories and on AXN.com beginning in September. The announcement was made by Marie Jacobson, executive vice president, programming and production, networks, SPT."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND CARACOL TELEVISIóN SIGN THREE-YEAR MULTIPLE SERIES CO-PRODUCTION AGREEMENT
  • "Miami, Fla. - Aug. 10, 2011 - Caracol Televisión and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that they have entered into a three-year co-production agreement to produce multiple primetime series to premiere on Caracol Televisión in Colombia. The agreement builds on the successful relationship between the two companies, combining their expertise in creating and producing high-quality Spanish language telenovelas and teleseries and distributing them around the world. The announcement was made by Carlos Alejandro Perez-Davila, president of Caracol Televisión and Donna Cunningham, managing director and executive vice president, Latin America & US Hispanic production, SPT."
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  • PAN AM CLEARED FOR GLOBAL TAKE-OFF
  • "21 July, 2011. Culver City/London. Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has secured a raft of deals with international broadcasters for Pan Am, its glossy, period drama series set around the iconic, international airline. "
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  • ADAM SANDLER CHECKS IN TO "HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA" FOR SONY PICTURES ANIMATION
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., July 5, 2011 – Adam Sandler will voice the lead role of Dracula in Sony Pictures Animation's 3D family comedy Hotel Transylvania, it was announced today by Bob Osher, president, Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of production, Sony Pictures Animation. The film will be released on September 21, 2012, by Columbia Pictures."
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  • SONY 3D TECHNOLOGY CENTER EXPANDS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
  • "Culver City, CA – June 29, 2011 – Sony 3D Technology Center today announced that it is expanding its 3D Master Class, which offers professional training in the tools and techniques for making 3D content, in collaboration with the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Pictures Editor's Guild. The two guilds join the International Cinematographer's Guild in offering member training opportunities at the Sony Pictures Studios facility, which is run by Sony Corporation of America."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION LAUNCHES 'VICTORY' PRODUCTION PARTNERSHIP IN UK
  • "London, UK. 23 June 2011. Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and UK production executive Victoria Ashbourne today announced the launch of a new joint venture production company, Victory Television Limited. The new venture will be headed by Ashbourne, previously SVP Creative Development, International Production, at SPT, who takes up the role of Managing Director."
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  • SONY PICTURES STUDIOS OFFERS POPULAR TWILIGHT TOUR
  • "Culver City, CA (June 21, 2011) - Sony Pictures Studios announced that for the third year, the popular Twilight Tour of the historic studio will begin on Thursday, June 23rd and run every Thursday evening through October 27, 2011."
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  • COLUMBIA PICTURES OPTIONS REMAKE RIGHTS TO JAPANESE HIT FILM "BIG MAN JAPAN"
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif. (June 3, 2011) - Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to Big Man Japan, which will be developed and produced into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Big Man Japan was a breakthrough hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult hit in the United States in 2009. Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi will write the new adaptation."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION SELLS DRAMA SLATE TO CTV IN CANADA
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif (June 2, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced it has licensed its powerhouse slate of new drama series including “Charlie's Angels” “Pan Am” and “Unforgettable” to CTV in Canada. Canada's #1 broadcaster has also picked up the studio's hit reality series “The Sing Off” and another season of “Shark Tank.” The announcement was made by Keith Le Goy, president international distribution, SPT. "
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  • MGM AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER ON 21 JUMP STREET
  • "LOS ANGELES, CA (May 18, 2011)- MGM will become a financial partner on the upcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment film '21 Jump Street', it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will handle marketing and distribution, while MGM will handle select international television licensing for the title."
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  • MGM AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER ON THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
  • "LOS ANGELES, CA (May 17, 2011)- MGM will become a financial partner on the upcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will handle marketing and distribution, while MGM will handle select international television licensing for the film."
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  • JAKE ZIM JOINS SONY PICTURES DIGITAL MARKETING AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., May 3, 2011 – Jake Zim has joined Sony Pictures as senior vice president, Digital Marketing, it was announced today by Dwight Caines, president, Worldwide Digital Marketing, to whom Zim will report. Jake rounds out Caines' team of direct reports that includes respected digital marketers Elias Plishner and Michael Fisk, who run the Media and International digital efforts, respectively."
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  • WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION TO OFFER TITLES FROM SONY PICTURES' "SCREEN CLASSICS BY REQUEST"
  • "Burbank and Culver City, Calif., (April 13, 2011) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) today announced that Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Warner's online on-demand distribution arm, will offer select catalog titles from SPHE's \"Screen Classics By Request.\" Beginning April 13, www.warnerarchive.com will feature approximately 150 manufactured-on-demand titles from the Columbia Pictures film library. Fan favorites among these films include Genghis Khan, A Song To Remember, and A Study In Terror."
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  • MGM PARTNERS WITH SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT IN WORLDWIDE THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND CO-FINANCING PACT
  • "Culver City, April 13, 2011 - Sony Pictures Entertainment will remain in the James Bond business after reaching an agreement with MGM to co-finance and theatrically market and distribute Bond 23 worldwide, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will release the next film in this iconic franchise on November 9, 2012 throughout the world except for select International territories, where MGM will directly oversee distribution."
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  • Sony Pictures Animation Acquires MUNCLE TROGG, A Janet Foxley Novel To Be Developed As An Animated Feature
  • "Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the motion picture rights to Janet Foxley's MUNCLE TROGG, The 2010 Times (of London)/Chicken House prize-winner, it was announced today by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation. The preemptive deal is Raimo-Kouyate’s first acquisition since her appointment as president of production. Jane Startz, a distinguished producer of family entertainment, is the executive producer. Kane Lee, Jane Startz Productions Inc.'s vice president of development, is co-producer."
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  • DANCING NATION FINDS THE BEAT AROUND THE WORLD
  • "London – (March 31, 2011) – Sony Pictures Television (SPT)'s 2waytraffic has sold the popular dance competition format Dancing Nation (Baile País) to broadcasters in Brazil, Australia, Ukraine and the Philippines. The recent sales place Dancing Nation across four continents including the original broadcast in Argentina. The format, which SPT acquired from Ideas Del Sur, will be available at MipTV. The announcement was made by Ed Louwerse, managing director, 2waytraffic International, SPT."
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  • CRACKLE IS FIRST TO OFFER AD-SUPPORTED FULL-LENGTH HOLLYWOOD MOVIES AND TELEVISION SERIES ON SONY'S PLAYSTATION 3, BRAVIA, STREAMING PLAYER, BLU-RAY PLAYERS AND ON ROKU DEVICES
  • "CULVER CITY, CA – (March 29, 2011) – Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's multi-platform video entertainment network, announced a major programming expansion today; extending its full suite of ad-supported full-length movies and television series to all consumers with PlayStation 3 game consoles; Roku streaming players; Sony's Blu-ray players, BRAVIA televisions and Streaming Player with wifi; in addition to its previously announced launch on Google TV. With these expansions, Crackle becomes the only digital network to feature free-to-consumer full-length, unedited movies and television series on these platforms; it was announced today by Eric Berger, senior vice president, digital networks, Sony Pictures Television (SPT)."
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  • MUSIC, MUSCLE & MENTORS FOR MIP TV
  • "London, 29 March 2011. Sony Pictures Television's formats arm, 2waytraffic, will launch a strong slate of new game show and reality formats at next week's MIP TV, alongside its well established classic hits. The new offering is drawn from 2waytraffic's global network, with innovative propositions from international third party producers and Sony Pictures Television's production hubs around the world. The slate includes proven hits from as far afield as the US, Japan and the Netherlands, with formats such as Second Chance Hotel, Bangers & Cash, Power & Brain and Cover Me to debut at the Cannes market."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION TO LAUNCH UK CHANNEL APRIL 7
  • "March 9, 2011 (London)—Sony Pictures Television announced today that its first Sony-branded channel for the UK, Sony Entertainment Television, will debut April 7th on the Sky platform, where it will be available to more than 10 million households across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The English language general entertainment network will be available on Sky channel 157."
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  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™ TO BE RELEASED JULY 3, 2012
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., February 25, 2011 — Summer 2012 is heating up for moviegoers as Columbia Pictures adds three highly anticipated films to its summer slate, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. Joining the strong summer line-up that already includes Men in Black™ 3 in 3D (May 25) and The Amazing Spider-Man™ in 3D (July 3), the studio will release I Hate You, Dad, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, on June 22, Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, on July 27, and a re-imagining of Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell, on August 3."
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  • CRACKLE MOVIES EN ESPAÑOL LAUNCHES ON VERIZON V CAST VIDEO ON DEMAND
  • "BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and CULVER CITY, Calif. - January 27, 2011 – Crackle, the multi-platform video entertainment network from Sony Pictures Television (SPT), has launched Crackle Movies en Español, the first Spanish-language premium mobile movie subscription channel on V CAST Video from the Verizon Wireless V CAST platform."
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION'S THE BIG C SPREADS TO LATIN AMERICA, BRAZIL AND THE CARIBBEAN
  • "London – January 14, 2011 – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that its half hour comedy, The Big C, starring three-time Emmy® winner and Golden Globe® award winner, Laura Linney, has been licensed across more than 36 countries in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean. The show will air on HBO channels beginning January 16th. The announcement was made by Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, SPT."
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  • "THE SOCIAL NETWORK" SET TO CROSS $200 MILLION WORLDWIDE AS ACCLAIMED MOTION PICTURE MAKES ITS WAY BACK INTO THEATERS AND DEBUTS ON DVD
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., January 5, 2011 — As The Social Network, the most critically acclaimed film of the year, is set to launch on DVD, the hit film is poised to pass $200 million at the worldwide box office, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. To date, The Social Network has grossed more than $93 million in the US and $104 million overseas, and will pass the $200 million mark in the next few days. The DVD will be released on January 11, 2011, and contains more than eight hours of bonus extras about the motion picture. The film will also be re-released in approximately 600 theaters nationwide on January 7."
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  • JONAH HILL AND CHANNING TATUM TO STAR IN COLUMBIA PICTURES' "21 JUMP STREET"
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., December 1, 2010 — Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are set to star in a contemporary motion picture adaptation of 21 Jump Street, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. Hill and Tatum are executive producers on the project, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a screenplay by Michael Bacall based on a treatment from Hill and Bacall. Neal H. Moritz will produce the film with Stephen J. Cannell, who will receive posthumous credit."
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  • PETER CRAIG TO ADAPT FRENCH-CANADIAN MOTION PICTURE PHENOMENON "FATHERS AND GUNS"
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., November 30, 2010 — Peter Craig has been tapped to adapt the French-Canadian blockbuster Fathers and Guns for Sony Pictures, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. The film is being developed and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall along with Denise Robert and Emile Gaudreault, producer and writer-director, respectively, of the original film. "
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  • FANS GET CLOSER TO THEIR FAVORITE MOVIES AND TV SHOWS WITH, SONY PICTURES' FACE OF THE FAN®
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., November 19, 2010 — Moviegoers and TV viewers can now get closer to their favorite projects than ever before with Sony Pictures Entertainment's Face of the Fan®, a new initiative for virtual talent sourcing. By visiting http://www.FaceOfTheFan.com, users nationwide can participate in online casting calls and contests for Sony Pictures' properties—turning today's fans into tomorrow's stars™ . With this ongoing program, crossing all of Sony's platforms – film, television, and online – Face of the Fan will give the biggest fans a chance to get involved with Sony's most popular franchises."
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  • SCHOOL'S OUT, "BAD TEACHER" IS IN: COLUMBIA PICTURES MOVES CAMERON DIAZ COMEDY TO SUMMER
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., November 18, 2010 — Columbia Pictures will release the comedy Bad Teacher on June 17, 2011, as school gets out for the summer moviegoing season, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. The comedy, which centers on a hilariously foul-mouthed, bitter, and irreverent middle school teacher, stars Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, John Michael Higgins, and Jason Segel, and is directed by Jake Kasdan, written by Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg, and produced by Mosaic's Jimmy Miller and David Householter."
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  • CRACKLE BUILDS OPTIMIZED SITE FOR GOOGLE TV
  • "CULVER CITY, Calif., November 10, 2010 — Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's premium video entertainment network, has built an optimized website for Google TV, it was announced today by Eric Berger, senior vice president, digital networks, Sony Pictures Television (SPT). "
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  • Sony Pictures Television Forms New Production Company in Dubai
  • "Dubai and London — Tuesday 2 November 2010 — In a further expansion of its international production business, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced the formation of a new production company to serve the Arabic speaking market, fronted by local production executives, Ziad Kebbi and Dany Karam. The announcement was made by Kees Abrahams, president, international production, SPT."
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  • THE OFFICIAL 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP™ FILM IN 3D
  • "Culver City, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2010) – On Nov. 16, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents a documentary on the world's greatest sporting spectacle, The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Film in 3D on Blu-ray 3D™ for the SRP of $39.95. The 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament attracted hundreds of millions of wide-eyed fans around the globe, decked out in colorful jerseys and painted in national colors to support their teams. Fans still wrought with World Cup fever don't have to wait until the 2014 games with SPHE's immersive, mind-blowing 3D experience that brings the 2010 FIFA World Cup games home. The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Film in 3D is presented in high definition 3D, optimized for the latest 3D playback devices and eyewear. "
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  • Sony Pictures Television Appoints Eddie Nelson to Lead EMEA Networks
  • "London – 19 October 2010 – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that it has appointed Eddie Nelson as senior vice president, EMEA Networks. Nelson, who is currently general manager, SPT Networks Central Europe, takes up his new role with immediate effect. The announcement was made by Andy Kaplan, president, networks, SPT."
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  • SONY PICTURES EARNS EMA GREEN SEAL AWARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION ON 12 FILMS
  • "Culver City, Calif – October 19, 2010 – Columbia Pictures has optioned the rights for the non-fiction book Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) today announced that the Environmental Media Association selected twelve Sony/Columbia Pictures films to receive EMA Green Seal Awards. The films recognized include Eat, Pray, Love; SALT, The Green Hornet, The Social Network, Grown Ups, Karate Kid, Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Other Guys, Anonymous, How Do You Know, and Just Go With It. The recognition was given at the EMA Awards event on October 16th at the Warner Bros Lot in Los Angeles."
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  • SONY MOVIE CHANNEL LAUNCHES ON DISH NETWORK, DIRECTV AND AT&T U-VERSE& TV
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (October 18 2010)— Sony Movie Channel, the first U.S. multi-platform television network from Sony Pictures Television (SPT), is now available on DISH Network, DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse® TV on linear as well as on authenticated VOD and online platforms. It was announced today by Andy Kaplan, president, networks, Sony Pictures Television."
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  • RHYS IFANS JOINS CAST OF NEXT "SPIDER-MAN"
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (October 11, 2010)— Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012."
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  • DAVID O. RUSSELL TO WRITE AND DIRECT "UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE"
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (October 8, 2010)— David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) has been set to write and direct Columbia Pictures' Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, an action-adventure based upon the bestselling PlayStation 3 game, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The film will be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, and Alex Gartner."
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  • SPIDER-MAN GETS HIS GIRL: EMMA STONE TO PLAY FEMALE LEAD
  • "CULVER CITY, CA (October 5, 2010)— Emma Stone has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Spider-Man film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. Stone has been tapped for the role of Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012."
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  • KEVIN JAMES ENTERS THE OCTAGON WITH SONY PICTURES FOR UNTITLED FEATURE FILM
  • "Culver City, CA - September 14, 2010 - Kevin James is attached to play the lead role in an untitled feature for Sony Pictures, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The movie focuses on a physics teacher whose school is facing drastic budget cuts. In order to earn money to save his best friend's job and the music program that is important to his students, he moonlights as a mixed martial arts fighter ultimately leading to a fight in the UFC."
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  • CRACKLE LAUNCHES IN CANADA
  • "CULVER CITY, CA and TORONTO (September 7, 2010)— Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's premium video entertainment network is now available in Canada, it was announced today by Eric Berger, senior vice president, digital networks, Sony Pictures Television (SPT)."
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  • FULL-LENGTH COMEDY, ACTION, DRAMA, AND SCI-FI MOVIES FROM CRACKLE MOVIES NOW AVAILABLE ON V CAST VIDEO
  • "BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and CULVER CITY, Calif.- August 31, 2010 - Verizon Wireless announced today that a new premium subscription movie service from Crackle, the multi-platform video entertainment network from Sony Pictures Television, is now offered on V CAST Video. Available on the largest, most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network in the United States, Crackle Movies provide Verizon Wireless customers an unparalleled lineup of movie hits from the Sony Pictures library, including \"Cable Guy,\" \"Finding Graceland,\" \"Blind Date,\" \"The China Syndrome,\" \"Easy Rider,\" \"Gattaca,\" \"La Bamba,\" and more to watch on their phones."
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT RECEIVES LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION FOR CULVER CITY LOT OFFICE PROJECT
  • "Culver City, CA - August 30, 2010 - Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that it has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification for the studio's Lot and Office Transformation (LOT) Project by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LOT Project included the construction of two new 100,000 square foot office buildings, named after Jack Cohn and Harry Cohn, and a parking structure located at the heart of the studio's historic lot based in Culver City, California."
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  • DANIEL CRAIG AND ROONEY MARA TO STAR IN THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
  • "Culver City, CA - August 16, 2010 - Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara have been cast in the lead roles of Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy under the direction of David Fincher. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - the first film of the series, which also includes The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest - begins shooting next month in Sweden. The screenplay is written by Steve Zaillian and the film is being produced by Scott Rudin, Cean Chaffin, Ole Sondberg and Søren Stærmose. Mikael Wallen and Anni Fernandez are executive producers. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set for worldwide release December 21, 2011."
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  • TOM COSGROVE TO LEAD SONY, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS AND IMAX JOINT VENTURE 3D TELEVISION NETWORK
  • "\r\nLos Angeles, June 8, 2010 - Sony Corporation (\"Sony\"), Discovery Communications (\"Discovery\") and IMAX Corporation (\"IMAX\") today announced that Discovery Channel executive Tom Cosgrove has been named President and CEO of the joint venture they have established to develop the first 24/7 dedicated 3D television network. The network will feature high-quality premium content from genres that are most appealing in 3D, including natural history, space, exploration, adventure, engineering, science and technology and motion pictures from Discovery, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (\"Sony Pictures Entertainment\"), IMAX and other third-party providers."
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  • CRACKLE GOES INTERNATIONAL
  • "\r\nLONDON, UK, SYDNEY, AU and CULVER CITY, CA June 9, 2010 - Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's multi-platform video entertainment network is now available in the United Kingdom and Australia, it was announced today by Eric Berger, senior vice president, digital networks, and Paul Littmann, senior vice president, pay television and new media, international distribution, Sony Pictures Television (SPT)."
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  • FEARnet MULTI-PLATFORM HORROR THRILLER HD MOVIE NETWORK LAUNCHING AS CABLE CHANNEL
  • "\r\nLOS ANGELES, CA - June 21, 2010 - FEARnet, the world's premier destination for horror, thriller and suspense, will be available as a linear network beginning October 1st. The cutting-edge, multi-platform movie destination, currently available on demand, online and on mobile 24/7, will expand its reach, making its unrivaled modern horror library available in high-definition via multi-channel video programming distributors."
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  • SONY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION UNVEILED IN THE BALTICS
  • "\r\nLondon, June 1, 2010 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Sony Entertainment Television, its popular general entertainment channel brand, has launched in Estonia via carriage agreements with Elion (IPTV) and Starman (cable and pay DTT). Estonian audiences will be able to select either original language audio or choose to watch programming dubbed into Russian, with both options incorporating Estonian subtitles. The announcement was made by Ross Hair, executive vice president, international networks, SPT. "
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT DIGITAL AUTHORING CENTER BEGINS 3D AUTHORING
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., March 1, 2010 - Sony Pictures Entertainment Digital Authoring Center (DAC) has been enhanced to offer Blu-ray 3D™ disc authoring services, it was announced today by Chris Cookson, President of Sony Pictures Technologies and Tony Beswick, Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment. "
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  • DR. OZ MAKES HOUSE CALLS AROUND THE WORLD
  • "\r\nLOS ANGELES, CA and LONDON, UK - February 16, 2010 Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Harpo Productions today announced that they have concluded both print and format sales for their new hit daytime talk show, The Dr. Oz Show, in a wide range of territories outside the U.S. Since its launch in the U.S., The Dr. Oz Show has enjoyed the highest rated syndication premiere in seven years and its audience has grown by 35% there since launch. The U.S. version of the series has now been sold to broadcasters in 82 territories including Korea, Hungary, Latin America, the Middle East, New Zealand, Romania, Russia and Turkey. Additionally, the format has been licensed to MBC in the Middle East and to Rossiya in Russia. The announcement was made today by Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, SPT, Ed Louwerse, managing director, 2waytraffic international, SPT and Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, presidents, Harpo Productions."
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  • SPIDER-MAN SWINGS INTO THEATERS IN 3D ON JULY 3, 2012
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., February 10, 2010 - Spider-Man will swing into theaters worldwide in 3D beginning July 3, 2012, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. The new film, which is still untitled, will begin production later this year directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios."
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  • A NEW WEBB FOR SPIDER-MAN&#8482
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., January 2010 - January , 2010 – Marc Webb, the director of the Golden Globe nominated Best Picture (500) Days of Summer, will direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, set to hit theaters summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios. \r\n\t\t"
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  • SPIDER-MAN: SUMMER 2012
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., January 11, 2010 - Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012. \r\n\t\t"
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  • BREAKING BAD:THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., January 6, 2010 - The Emmy&reg -winning and critically acclaimed AMC series returns to DVD and debuts on Blu-ray Disc&#8482 March 9 when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season. Winner of two Best Actor Emmys&reg and recently nominated for a SAG award for his role as high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin Walter White, Bryan Cranston (TV's \"Malcolm in the Middle\") stars in Breaking Bad. The edgy thriller also features Anna Gunn (TV's \"Deadwood\"), Aaron Paul (TV's \"Big Love\"), Dean Norris (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Betsy Brandt (TV's \"Back When We Were Grownups\"), and RJ Mitte. The second season of the hit series won two Emmys&reg (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series). All 13 episodes will be included on both the four-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray Disc&#8482, along with exclusive bonus content, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, cast and crew commentaries and much more. Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season DVD will be available for $39.95 SRP, while the Blu-ray Disc&#8482 release will sell for $49.95 SRP. Breaking Bad: The Complete First Season will also be available on High-Def Blu-ray Disc&#8482 for $39.95 SRP on the same day. "
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  • 2012
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., January 2, 2010 - The end of the world is the beginning of spectacular adventure in the global box office sensation ($711 million worldwide) 2012, arriving on 2-Disc Blu-ray, 1-Disc Blu-ray, DVD & PSP this March 2, 2010, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Visionary Director Roland Emmerich, creator of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, outdoes himself with this jaw-dropping epic that's packed with breathtaking action sequences and groundbreaking special effects that must be seen to be believed! John Cusack (Con Air), Amanda Peet (Something's Gotta Give) and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland) lead an all-star cast in this riveting tale of a group of disparate humans struggling to survive a global catastrophe predicted by the ancient Mayans. Now, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment predicts movie lovers everywhere will want to experience this heart-stopping tale of human survival at home again and again on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring mind blowing picture and earth rattling sound, plus the latest in cutting-edge bonus features! "
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  • SONY PICTURES IN FINAL DISCUSSIONS TO OPTION STIEG LARSSON'S MILLENNIUM SERIES; SCOTT RUDIN ATTACHED TO PRODUCE
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., Dec 15, 2009 - Sony Pictures Entertainment is concluding negotiations to option the English language motion picture rights to the Millennium Series, a trio of crime-thriller novels by the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, Presidents of Columbia Pictures. Scott Rudin was instrumental in securing the rights and is attached to produce along with Ole Sondberg and Soren Staermose of Swedish production company Yellow Bird Films. Yellow Bird's Mikael Wallen and Anni Fernandez will executive produce. \r\n\t\t"
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  • COLUMBIA PICTURES HOT FOR "BAD TEACHER"
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., Dec 9, 2009 - Jake Kasdan will direct Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher, a comedy written by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The film, which centers on a flagrantly foul-mouthed, bitter, and irreverent middle school teacher, will be produced by Mosaic Media's Jimmy Miller.\r\n\t\t"
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  • BENNETT MILLER IN NEGOTIATIONS TO DIRECT "MONEYBALL"
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., December 4, 2009 - Bennett Miller is in negotiations to direct Columbia Pictures' Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's who rewrote the unwritten rulebook of baseball. The screenplay is by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin based upon the bestselling book by Michael Lewis. Stan Chervin wrote the first draft of the script. The film will be produced by Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin and Rachael Horovitz.\r\n\t\t"
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  • LOOT STRIKES LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH IRON FIST
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., December 3, 2009 - Loot, a group of developers within Sony Pictures Entertainmnet, has struck a deal with Iron Fist® Clothing to create branded items for the PlayStation® Home environment, it was announced today. The one-year licensing deal enables the Loot team to create and sell Iron Fist merchandise in the virtual world. \r\n\t\t"
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  • SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS GROUP INKS INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION PACT WITH CBS FILMS
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., November 17, 2009 - Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has signed a three-year marketing and distribution deal with CBS Films, under which Sony Pictures will handle international theatrical distribution of CBS Films productions as well as service worldwide distribution of the unit's films in the home entertainment marketplace, it was announced today by Peter Schlessel, president, Worldwide Affairs for Sony Pictures, and Jeff Blake, chairman, Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. CBS Films will handle domestic theatrical distribution of all titles and retains rights in a limited number of foreign territories.\r\n\t\t"
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  • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT TAKES ON "RISK"
  • "\r\nCommenting on the announcement Belgrad said, \"Hasbro has already seen tremendous success with Transformers and G.I. Joe and audiences have shown a great desire for films that bring to life everything that has made these franchise properties stand the test of time. The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make RISK a classic, thoroughly engaging game. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie.\"\r\n\t\t"
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  • GRAHAM KING'S GK FILMS SIGNS MULTI-YEAR, MULTI-FILM OUTPUT DEAL WITH SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
  • "\r\nCulver City, CA - Oct. 20, 2009 - Academy Award®-winning producer Graham King (The Departed) has signed a three-year, multi-film output agreement with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, it was announced today by Peter Schlessel, President of Worldwide Affairs for the studio. Under the deal, King's GK Films will independently develop, finance and produce a minimum of two films a year that will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.\r\n\t\t"
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION APPOINTS TODD MILLER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, NETWORKS, ASIA-PACIFIC
  • "\r\nHONG KONG - 24 September 2009 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has named Todd Miller executive vice president, networks, Asia-Pacific. Based at SPT's Asia headquarters in Hong Kong, Miller has oversight of the Company's television networks business in all of Asia-Pacific, plus its investments in channels in Australia. Additionally, Miller will join the board of directors of SPT's India joint venture, Multi Screen Media Private Limited (Multi Screen). Miller reports to Andy Kaplan, SPT's president, networks, who made the announcement today. \r\n\t\t"
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION PROMOTES STUART BAXTER TO SENIOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTION
  • "\r\nLONDON - 22 September 2009 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Stuart Baxter has been promoted to senior executive vice president, European distribution. Based at SPT's European headquarters in London, he will oversee the distribution of all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) feature film and television programs to all media outlets throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including terrestrial broadcast, satellite and cable, telcos, mobile operators and various on-demand platforms. Baxter becomes SPT's highest-ranking commercial executive in the region and reports directly to Keith Le Goy, SPT's president, international distribution, who made the announcement today. \r\n\t\t"
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  • "MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT" WILL LAUNCH WITH MORE THAN 25 GLOBAL PREMIERES TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Ca., September 21, 2009 - Fans worldwide will have the opportunity to celebrate the global launch of Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT when Sony Pictures Entertainment hosts over 25 global premieres, with more than 15 of those coordinated simultaneously around the world, on Tuesday, October 27th. Three hours after the red carpet events begin, audiences will be able to see the highly anticipated film for the first time as the studio has added special advance screenings that evening throughout the world. \r\n\t\t"
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  • Larry, Moe and Shemp are back again in... THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION Volume Seven: 1952 - 1954
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, CA, August 31, 2009 - America's craziest trio of buffoons are back again when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings The Three Stooges Collection Volume Seven: 1952-1954 to DVD on November 10. This collection features 22 digitally remastered shorts that continue the Stooges legacy with the return of the original Stooge, Shemp. Included in this volume are such classics as the Stooges' 3D shorts: Spooks and Pardon my Backfire, presented for the first time in both 3D and 2D, as well as Shot in the Frontier, a parody of the classic film High Noon. This compilation also marks the first time many of the shorts will be available in widescreen versions since their original theatrical presentations. The Three Stooges Collection Volume Seven: 1952-1954 is packaged in a two disc set and includes 3D glasses and will be available for $24.96 SLP.\r\n\t\t"
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  • "MICHAEL JACKSON THIS IS IT" TO BE PRESENTED EXCLUSIVELY FOR TWO-WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT AROUND THE WORLD
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Ca., August 20, 2009 - Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment announced today that Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will be released exclusively for a special, limited, two-week engagement worldwide, with the studio pushing up the debut of the film by two days, to Wednesday, October 28th. Due to the anticipated demand for this film, tickets for the two-week presentation will go on sale in most cities beginning on Sunday, September 27th. \r\n\t\t"
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  • SPENCER STEPHENS JOINS SONY PICTURES TECHNOLOGIES
  • "\r\nCulver City, CA - August 11, 2009 - In a move to expand a team of industry-leading technologists at Sony Pictures Entertainment (http://www.sonypictures.com), the studio has hired industry-veteran Spencer Stephens as Senior Vice President of Technical Services. The announcement was made today by Chris Cookson, President of Sony Pictures Entertainment Technologies, to whom Stephens reports.\r\n\t\t"
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  • APPARITION TO RELEASE THE YOUNG VICTORIA
  • "\r\nNEW YORK - August 10, 2009 - Apparition, Bill Pohlad and Bob Berney's new distribution company, will release The Young Victoria in the US on November 13. The GK Films production stars Emily Blunt as a girl thrust into power as the youngest British monarch. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) will handle all domestic ancillary rights. The announcement was made jointly by Apparition, GK Films and SPWAG.\r\n\t\t"
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  • SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND REDBOX ANNOUNCE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT
  • "\r\nCulver City, Ca. (07/20/09) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Redbox Automated Retail have announced a multi-year distribution agreement which will make SPHE new release, direct-to-video and catalog titles available to consumers through more than 17,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide. The announcement was made by David Bishop, President of SPHE, and Mitch Lowe, President of Redbox.\r\n\t\t"
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  • RICH PELUSO JOINS SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT AS VICE PRESIDENT OF AFFIRM FILMS
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, CALIF. (July 13, 2009) - Rich Peluso joins Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as Vice President of Affirm Films, SPHE's faith label, which played a key role in helping to bring films like Fireproof and Facing the Giants to wide audiences. The announcement was made today by Robert Rubin, Executive Vice President, SPHE, to whom Peluso reports.\r\n\t\t"
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  • RAJA GOSNELL TO DIRECT "SMURFS" FOR COLUMBIA PICTURES AND SONY PICTURES ANIMATION
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., July 8, 2009 - Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have tapped Raja Gosnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby-Doo) to direct Smurfs, the live-action/animated film based on the legendary blue characters created by Peyo, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures, Bob Osher, president of digital production for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation. The film will be released in 3-D and 2-D formats on December 17, 2010. Smurfs will be produced by Jordan Kerner (Charlotte's Web, George of the Jungle) and written by J. David Stem and David N. Weiss (Shrek 2 and 3) and Audrey Wells (George of the Jungle).\r\n\t\t"
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  • STEVEN O'DELL NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION FOR SONY PICTURES RELEASING
  • "\r\nCULVER CITY, Calif., June 29, 2009 - Steven O'Dell has been named Senior Vice President, International Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing International, it was announced today by Mark Zucker, President, Sony Pictures Releasing Corporation. O'Dell will continue to report to Zucker. In his new role, O'Dell will add Spain, Portugal, and Scandinavia to the regions he oversees, which also include Latin America and the Caribbean.\r\n\t\t"
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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NAMES KLAUDIA BERMUDEZ-KEY SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, SPE NETWORKS LATIN AMERICA
  • "\r\n\t\t\tMIAMI, FL (16 June 2009) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Klaudia Bermudez-Key has been named senior vice \r\n\t\t\tpresident and general manager, SPE Networks Latin America. Bermudez-Key will oversee all of the television networks under the SPE Networks Latin \r\n\t\t\tAmerica umbrella, including Sony Entertainment Television (SET), AXN and Animax, and will also work with SPT's international networks group in Los \r\n\t\t\tAngeles to explore potential new networks initiatives. She reports to T.C. Schultz, SPT's executive vice president, international networks, Latin \r\n\t\t\tAmerica, who made the announcement today.\r\n\t\t"
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  • World Sports Group - Multi Screen Media sign on as Official Broadcast Partner for IPL
  • "Mumbai, India (March 25, 2009) - Leading sports broadcaster – Multi Screen Media & the World Sport Group have signed on as the Official Broadcast Partner for the DLF Indian Premier League. The deal gives Multi Screen Media the exclusive audio visual rights to all the 59 matches of Season II due to start on April 18th in South Africa. The Media Broadcast Rights deal is now worth Rs. 8200 crore and is valid for the next nine years through to 2017 for the DLF Indian Premier League."
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