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Michael Lynton


CEO, Sony Entertainment
Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Michael Lynton is CEO of Sony Entertainment. He oversees Sony's global entertainment businesses, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Lynton is also Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and manages the studio's overall global operations, which include motion picture, television and digital content production and distribution, home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, and the development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.

At Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lynton has focused on digital transformation, worldwide growth, content diversity and financial discipline, leading the studio through an era of innovation and success, putting Sony Pictures on the cutting edge of an industry experiencing rapid technological and global change.

Under the leadership of Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures' Motion Pictures Group has enjoyed a remarkable run in the past several years, releasing such hits as Best Picture nominee The Social Network, as well as The Karate Kid, Grown-Ups, Smurfs, Michael Jackson's This Is It and many others. Sony Pictures is one of only two studios to generate more than $1 billion in domestic box office sales for over a decade. Last year, the studio's successful slate of films generated more than $3 billion in worldwide box office revenues. In 2012, the studio led the industry in market share and set new studio records for box office revenue with $1.768 billion domestically and $4.440 billion worldwide, with nine films opening at #1 at the U.S. box office, including The Amazing Spider-Man™, Men in Black™ 3, and Skyfall™, the biggest-grossing James Bond film of all time.

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) produces television programming for multiple platforms in the U.S. and around the world. Among the unit's popular and award-winning programs in the U.S. are Breaking Bad, Justified, and Happy Endings, reality series like The Shark Tank, The Sing-Off and Re-Modeled, as well as top-ranked game shows and daytime dramas, including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives. Launched with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions, The Dr. Oz Show is one of the most popular syndicated programs in America. The Dr. Oz format has also been exported to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Colombia, Chile, Brazil and China (where for the first time a Hollywood studio is producing a talk show for Chinese television). Internationally, the studio's television channel network includes 124 channel feeds in 159 countries reaching more than 800 million households worldwide. SPT also operates Crackle, which is one of the top online video networks in the U.S. and expanding internationally.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment continues to be one of the leaders in DVD and Blu-ray Disc distribution in the world, and is rapidly expanding its digital distribution business.

Sony Pictures Digital Productions is home to Imageworks, the only major studio Academy Award-winning in-house visual effects unit, and Sony Pictures Animation, which produced the 3D hits, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania and Smurfs.

Sony Pictures has also been an industry leader in the migration to digital entertainment, from production and distribution to the introduction of new formats. The studio is a champion of the industry's UltraViolet format, which allows consumers to more easily collect entertainment content digitally. The studio helped re-introduce 3D to the entertainment industry with the creation of the Sony 3D Technology Center on the lot in Culver City, which has trained more than 3,000 professionals in the making of quality 3D content.

Under Lynton, Sony Pictures is now deeply engaged in the rapidly expanding 4K marketplace, including both the creation and distribution of many titles in 4K, the opening of a 4K-capable digital intermediate and post production facility, and the restoration of classic titles like Lawrence of Arabia in 4K. Sony Pictures has also worked closely with Sony Electronics to establish The Digital Motion Picture Center, Sony's 4K training facility on the Sony Pictures lot.

Lynton and Pascal have also put an emphasis on environmental sustainability at Sony Pictures. The studio is the first and only one certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Sony Pictures has received numerous honors from the Environmental Media Association for sustainable filmmaking as well as community recognition from TreePeople and Habitat for Humanity for its green practices and volunteerism.

Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Lynton worked for Time Warner and served as CEO of AOL Europe, President of AOL International and President of Time Warner International.

From 1996 to 2000, Lynton served as Chairman and CEO of Pearson plc's Penguin Group, where he oversaw the acquisition of Putnam, Inc. and extended the Penguin brand to music and the Internet.

Lynton joined The Walt Disney Company in 1987 and started Disney Publishing, serving as its President. From 1992 to 1996, he served as President of Disney's Hollywood Pictures.

Lynton holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature from Harvard College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Lynton's involvement in charitable and civic activities includes membership on the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and the Rand Corporation.

In May of 2012, the Harvard Alumni Association elected Lynton to the Harvard Board of Overseers. Lynton joined the board of social media start-up Snapchat in June 2013.