AT&T to Sell Crunchyroll to Sony’s Funimation Global Group
Affirm Entertainment, Inc. To Acquire Pure Flix SVOD Service
[Culver City, CA & Scottsdale, AZ – November 12, 2020] – AFFIRM Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire faith and family entertainment streaming service, Pure Flix. Upon completion of the transaction, which is pending regulatory and other approvals, AFFIRM Entertainment, Inc. will own 100% of the Pure Flix SVOD service, which provides inspirational movies and TV series to subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.
Sony Pictures Television’s Gemstone Studios Announces Finalists in Rising Storytellers Search
LOS ANGELES, October 20, 2020 -- Gemstone Studios, the boutique production unit of Sony Pictures Television (SPT), in partnership with Ideas United, an Atlanta-based creative agency, today announced the four finalists in its first Rising Storytellers Search, a competition seeking emerging voices and female-centric stories.
TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One’s Romantic Comedy, Happiest Season, Starring Kristen Stewart, to Stream Exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. this Holiday Season
CULVER CITY, October 20, 2020 – Sony Pictures Entertainment, Entertainment One and Hulu announced today that the streaming platform has acquired U.S. rights to Clea DuVall’s holiday romantic comedy, Happiest Season, which will debut as a Hulu Original film on Hulu on Wednesday, November 25. Sony Pictures and eOne co-financed the film and will retain distribution rights in Canada and the rest of the world. Overseas plans, including potential theatrical releases, will be finalized in the coming weeks.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Jeff Friday Media, Production House of the American Black Film Festival Founder, Announce Unique First-Look Deal
Culver City, CA -- October 19, 2020 – Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) signed a unique first-look deal with Jeff Friday Media (JFM), the newly-formed production house launched by Jeff Friday, founder of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) -- the leading annual film festival for Black content creators. Under the multi-year deal, the studio will be offered first consideration for narrative feature films submitted to the Festival, and year-round access and introductions to emerging filmmakers discovered by Jeff Friday, CEO of JFM.
Nicole Brown Named President of TriStar Pictures
CULVER CITY, CA -- October 13, 2020 -- Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) announced today that Nicole Brown has been promoted to president of TriStar Pictures, extending her contract with the studio to continue oversight of the specialty label. Last year, Brown was appointed to head TriStar Pictures as executive vice president. She will continue to report to Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, and oversee all of TriStar’s film development and production.
Spike Jonze Joins Sony Pictures Classics’ Nine Days As Executive Producer
NEW YORK (October 12, 2020) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today Spike Jonze has joined as Executive Producer of Edson Oda's NINE DAYS and the film will be released in theaters early 2021. Additionally, Sony Pictures Classics has also acquired the rights in Asia, Israel, Turkey and the rest of Europe, making it a worldwide Sony Pictures Classics release. The film will next be seen in the Hamptons Film Festival and AFI, among others.
Blumhouse’s and Columbia Pictures’ The Craft: Legacy from Writer/Director Zoe Lister-Jones, to Hit PVOD and EST in North America for Halloween, Starting Midnight October 28
Culver City, CA – September 29, 2020 – Blumhouse Productions and Columbia Pictures announced today that The Craft: Legacy will be available widely on PVOD this Halloween with leading digital retailers for a 48-hour rental period at a suggested retail price of $19.99, and for premium digital purchase at a suggested retail price of $24.99. An international theatrical release is anticipated in several territories, with details to be solidified in the weeks ahead.
Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday
NEW YORK (September 23, 2020) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, India, Pan Asia (excluding Japan), the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and airlines and ships worldwide to MOTHERING SUNDAY directed by Eva Husson (GIRLS OF THE SUN) and starring Odessa Young (ASSASSINATION NATION), Josh O’Connor (THE CROWN), Colin Firth (THE KING’S SPEECH), Olivia Colman (THE FAVOURITE) and Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù (GANGS OF LONDON).
Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Duke
NEW YORK (September 22, 2020) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in the U.S., Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe (Ex. Poland, the Czech Republic and the former Yugoslavia), Russia/CIS, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, South Africa, South East Asia (Ex. Japan and China) and India to THE DUKE, following its critically acclaimed World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Directed by Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL) from a script by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, the dramedy stars Oscar winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren.