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President Of Tristar Pictures, Hannah Minghella, Expands Oversight To Include Tristar Television
CULVER CITY, CA, January 31, 2019 - Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) today announced that Hannah Minghella, President of TriStar Pictures, will expand her role at the studio and also assume oversight of TriStar Television. The role expansion will further strengthen the studio's synergistic efforts between all lines of business. Minghella will be named President of TriStar Pictures and TriStar Television, effective immediately. On the film side she will continue to report to Tom Rothman, Chairman of SPE's Motion Picture Group, and on the television side to Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, Co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television. Minghella assumes the TriStar Television role from the late Suzanne Patmore Gibbs who passed away last March.
"We are excited to be working with Hannah in her new role with SPT," said Jeff Frost, President, Sony Pictures Television and Co-presidents Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell. "With her deep experience on the film side, she is the perfect person to bring new and exciting ideas, content and talent to TriStar Television, and to honor the legacy and vision that Suzanne initiated."
"Hannah has a superb instinct for material and storytelling," said Tom Rothman. "I have no doubt she will do big things in television, which will be of great benefit to Sony at large, all while continuing to produce an exceptional slate of films. Rock on."
"Bringing the film and television arms of TriStar together is an exciting opportunity to put content first," said Hannah Minghella. "It allows us to be more dynamic in our approach to storytelling and meet the audience where they are. I'm thrilled to be joining my new television colleagues and hope to make Suzanne proud."
Prior to her appointment at TriStar Pictures in 2015, Minghella served as President of Production for Columbia Pictures. In that role, Minghella oversaw all aspects of development and production at the motion picture label, including such films as Sausage Party, 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 three 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 sits on the board of Women In Film, City Year Los Angeles, and the Archer School For Girls, and is a founding member of the Los Angeles Women's Collective, a political action committee that empowers women to influence political and legislative progress.
TriStar Pictures has been an active buyer of acclaimed literary properties and filmmaker-driven projects, making itself a home for many female filmmakers, talent and stories. Some of the label's titles include the upcoming A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, directed by Marielle Heller slated for release in November of 2019; Happiest Season, directed by Clea DuVall; The Woman King, starring Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong'o; Alex Garland and Paloma Baeza's Toymaker's Secret; and A White Lie, produced by Reese Witherspoon. Minghella has acquired literary material such as Paulo Coehlo's legendary book The Alchemist; is currently overseeing development of Norton Jester's The Phantom Tollbooth; Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale; and Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project. TriStar's critically-acclaimed original film, Baby Driver, was a breakout success at the box office and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
TriStar Television, the prestige IP and female-centric driven arm of Sony Pictures Television, has produced acclaimed series such as "Good Girls Revolt" and "The Last Tycoon" starring Matt Bomer. The division focuses on projects designed to further cultural conversations regarding gender, diversity, politics and beyond. TriStar Television has a strong slate of projects currently in development, including marital thriller A Reliable Wife, based on the New York Times bestselling book; Rage for Fame, based on the biographies of Clare Boothe Luce; and Sunshine Cleaning based on the acclaimed 2008 film. TriStar Television is currently in production on On Becoming a God in Central Florida, starring and executive-produced by Kirsten Dunst.
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