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Hannah Minghella, President Of TriStar Pictures, Renews Contract With Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group
CULVER CITY, CA, November 2, 2016 - Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group today announced that Hannah Minghella, president of TriStar Pictures, has renewed her contract with the studio.
Since Minghella was named president of the label in August of 2015, TriStar has been an active buyer of acclaimed literary properties and filmmaker-driven projects.
TriStar's upcoming films include Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, from three-time Oscar® winner Ang Lee, for release next week; T2: Trainspotting, for which director Danny Boyle has reunited the original cast, slated for a February release; and Baby Driver, from writer-director Edgar Wright, the creative voice behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, starring Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Eiza Gonzalez, and set for release in March.
Other upcoming films include The Nightingale, an adaptation of the bestselling novel with two million readers, from director Michelle MacLaren (director of acclaimed episodes of "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones," "Better Call Saul," and "The Walking Dead"); the next film in The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Silver Chair, which will unite a new creative team for the franchise; The Rosie Project, also an internationally bestselling novel. In recent weeks, TriStar won the rights to The Alchemist, the legendary book by Paulo Coelho, which has sold 65 million copies worldwide and spent seven years on the New York Times bestsellers list; and attached Angelina Jolie to Shoot Like a Girl, based on Major Mary Jennings Hegar's upcoming memoir.
Commenting on the announcement, Rothman said, "Hannah is a rare jewel: wise, brave, classy, aggressive and smart as a whip. With her, Nicole Brown and the whole team there, TriStar has never been in better hands... and I speak from experience on that matter. I'm proud to be backing her vision and excited for the very cool movies that are coming our way."
"It is a privilege to come to work every day with an incredible team of executives committed to making great movies worthy of the Pegasus. I am grateful to Tom for his continued support of the filmmakers and movies we are making," Minghella added.
Prior to her appointment to TriStar Productions, Minghella served as President of Production for Columbia Pictures, beginning in October 2010. In that role, Minghella oversaw all aspects of development and production at the legendary motion picture label, including such films as Sausage Party, Concussion, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Zero Dark Thirty, The Equalizer, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, and Skyfall, the most successful James Bond film of all time.
Minghella joined the company in 2005 as a director of creative affairs working in the office of the chairman of the Motion Picture Group under Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chair Amy Pascal. In that role, she collaborated on several projects, including the production of the highly successful James Bond film Casino Royale. In 2008, Minghella was named president of production of Sony Pictures Animation, and held that role for two years. During her tenure at SPA, Minghella launched three new franchises, with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, and The Smurfs.
Prior to joining Sony, Minghella spent four years at Miramax Films in New York, where she served as a creative executive.
Born in England, Minghella is one of the original co-founders of Stellar Network, a non-profit membership-based organization in the UK that provides resources and support to film, theater, and television professionals. She sits on the board of Women In Film and City Year, Los Angeles.