President, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions
Steve Bersch is President, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and joined the company in 2008. Responsible for overseeing content acquisition across a wide range of genres and budgets for the many global distribution platforms at SPE (including theatrical, television and home entertainment), Bersch also oversees a slate of moderate-budgeted productions for the various platforms.
Recent SPWA projects (acquisition of projects at screenplay stage or finished pictures as well as internal SPWA productions) include: The Call, Evil Dead, Two Guns (International rights), TV’s House of Cards, Sparkle, Insidious and Soul Surfer. Upcoming films on the slate for the division include Insidious: Chapter 2, When the Game Stands Tall and The Raid 2. Under Bersch's helm, the division has also secured ancillary distribution deals with several third parties including Film District and CBS Films.
Bersch has held executive positions at five major studios including Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and MGM/UA. Bersch started his career as an entertainment attorney at Rosenfeld, Meyer and Susman, and then Sidley & Austin, representing producers, writers, directors, performers, distributors and film financiers.
Bersch received a J.D. and a B.S. in Business (marketing concentration) with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and was previously an Associate Member of the Writers Guild of America, West.