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"Sony Pictures Entertainment" redirects here. For the Japanese film company within the Sony Group Corporation, see Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (commonly known as Sony Pictures or SPE, and formerly known as Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc.) is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment studio conglomerate that produces, acquires, and distributes filmed entertainment (theatrical motion pictures, television programs, and recorded videos) through multiple platforms. Through an intermediate holding company called Sony Film Holding Inc., it is operated as a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is itself a subsidiary of the multinational technology and media conglomerate Sony Group Corporation. Based at the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California as one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, it encompasses Sony's motion picture, television production and distribution units. Its sales in the fiscal year 2020 (April 2020 – March 2021) was reported to be $7.16 billion.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
FormerlyColumbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (1987–1991)
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryEntertainment
FoundedDecember 21, 1987; 33 years ago (1987-12-21) as Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
August 7, 1991; 30 years ago (1991-08-07) as Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
FounderSony
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Tony Vinciquerra (Chairman and CEO)
  • Stacy Green (Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer)
  • Jon Hookstratten (Executive Vice President, Administration & Operations)
Products
Services
Revenue US$9.316 billion (FY2019)
US$628 million (FY2019)
OwnerSony Group Corporation
Number of employees
9,500 (2019 [1])
ParentSony Entertainment
Divisions
Websitewww.sonypictures.com
Footnotes / references

SPE is a member of the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

Some of Sony Pictures's film franchises include: The Karate Kid, Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Jumanji, Stuart Little, Men in Black, Zombieland, Underworld, Sony's Spider-Man Universe, Robert Langdon, The Smurfs (via Peyo), Sniper, Hotel Transylvania, Bad Boys, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Charlie's Angels.

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On September 1, 1987, The Coca-Cola Company announced plans to spin off its assets of Columbia Pictures, which it had owned since 1982. Under this arrangement, Coca-Cola would sell its entertainment assets to TriStar Pictures, of which it owned 39.6%. Tri-Star would be renamed as Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (CPE), with Coca-Cola owning 49%, its shareholders owning 31%, and Tri-Star's shareholders owning 20%. A new company was formed in early 1988 with the Tri-Star name to take over the studio's operations.

On September 28, 1989, Sony obtained an option to purchase all of The Coca-Cola Company's stock (approximately 54 million shares or 49% of the outstanding shares) in CPE for $27 per share. The next day, Sony also announced that it reached an agreement with Guber-Peters Entertainment Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPEC; formerly Barris Industries, Inc.) to acquire CPE for $200 million when Sony hired Peter Guber and Jon Peters to be its co-chairmen. This was all led by Norio Ohga, who was the president and CEO of Sony during that time.

The hiring of Guber and Peters by Sony to run Columbia was conflicted by a previous contract the producers had signed at Warner Bros. Time Warner's chairman, Steve Ross, threatened Sony with a lawsuit for breach of contract. The lawsuit would be subsequently dropped when Sony sold half-interest in Columbia House and cable distribution rights to Columbia's feature films, TV movies, and miniseries to Warner Bros. That same agreement also saw Columbia sell its 35% interest in the Burbank Studios and acquired Lorimar Studios, previously the MGM lot, from Warner Bros.

On October 31, 1989, Sony completed a friendly takeover bid for the rest of shares (51%) of CPE, which was a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KPE), and acquired 99.3% of the common stock of the company. On November 8, 1989, Sony completed the acquisition by a "short-form" merger of its wholly owned subsidiary Sony Columbia Acquisition Corporation into CPE under the Delaware General Corporation Law. Sony also completed a tender offer for shares of common stock of the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company on November 6, 1989, and acquired the company 3 days later. The acquisition cost Sony $4.9 billion ($3.55 billion for shares and $1.4 billion of long-term debt) and was backed (financed) by five major Japanese banks Mitsui, Tokyo, Fuji, Mitsubishi and Industrial Bank of Japan. The company was renamed as Sony Pictures Entertainment on August 7, 1991. Also that year, Jon Peters left Columbia to start Peters Entertainment with a three-year exclusive production agreement at the studio at first, before transitioning to a non-exclusive deal at the studio. Longtime CPE employee Laurie MacDonald also left to start Aerial Pictures at the studio, first for a two-year deal, before going to 20th Century Fox in 1993, and being swallowed up by Amblin Entertainment later that year, eventually setting up DreamWorks.

Sony has since created numerous other film production and distribution units, such as creating Sony Pictures Classics for art-house fare, by forming Columbia TriStar Pictures (also known as the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group) by merging Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures in 1998, revitalizing Columbia's former television division Screen Gems. It expanded its operations on April 8, 2005, when a Sony-led consortium acquired the legendary Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in a US$4.8 billion leveraged buyout, through the holding company MGM Holdings Inc.

This in effect re-united the MGM studio name, with the MGM main studio lot, although somewhat confusingly, the bulk of the pre-May 1986 original MGM library ended up at Time Warner via the Ted Turner-Kirk Kerkorian "Turner Entertainment Co." transactions. The post-April 1986 MGM library consists of acquisitions of various third-party libraries, such as the Orion Pictures catalogue, leading to MGM's 2014 remake of RoboCop.

In July 2000, a marketing executive working for Sony Corporation created a fictitious film critic, David Manning, who gave consistently good reviews for releases from Sony subsidiary Columbia Pictures that generally received poor reviews amongst real critics. Sony later pulled the ads, suspended Manning's creator and his supervisor and paid fines to the state of Connecticut and to fans who saw the reviewed films in the US.

On June 4, 2008, SPE's wholly owned group 2JS Productions B.V. acquired Dutch production company 2waytraffic N.V., famous for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, acquired from the original production company Celador, and You Are What You Eat for £114.3 million ($223.2 million in US dollars).

In 2011, the Sony Pictures computer network was breached and approximately one million user accounts associated with the SonyPictures.com website were leaked.

On November 18, 2012, Sony Pictures announced it has passed $4 billion with the success of releases: Skyfall, The Amazing Spider-Man, 21 Jump Street, Men in Black 3, Hotel Transylvania, Underworld: Awakening, The Vow, and Resident Evil: Retribution. On November 21, 2013, SPE and Sony Entertainment's CEO Michael Lynton announced that SPE will shift emphasis from movies to television by cutting its 2014 film slate. It was also announced on the same day, that there will be more Spider-Man sequels and spin-offs, though on February 10, 2015, Sony Pictures eventually signed a deal with Disney's Marvel Studios to allow Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Captain America: Civil War, before appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming which was released on July 7, 2017. The deal also allowed Sony to distribute and have creative control on any MCU film where Spider-Man is the main character (such as Homecoming and its sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home), while Disney will distribute MCU films where Spider-Man appears without being the main character.

On January 22, 2014, SPE folded its technology unit into the various cores of its businesses. In April, Sony Pictures arranged a film financing deal worth $200 million with LStar Capital, the credit venture of Lone Star Capital and Citibank, half in debt and the other in equity to fund most of SPE's film slate for several years. SPE was originally considering a $300 million deal with Blue Anchor Entertainment, led by Bloom Hergott partner John LaViolette and former investment banker & producer Joseph M. Singer, and backed by Longhorn Capital Management and Deutsche Bank, which was held up by regulatory matters.

As a result of reevaluating the assets of the motion pictures and television productions businesses (capitalized film costs, including the value of the film library mostly recorded at the 1989 acquisition of CPE), Sony recorded a $962 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge in SPE in the third quarter of 2016.

On July 3, 2018, Sony accidentally uploaded the film Khali the Killer on YouTube in its entirety. The film stayed up for several hours before being removed.

In November 2019, Sony purchased the remaining 42% stake in GSN from AT&T, placing it under the direction of its television division. In April 2021, Sony signed a first look deal with Netflix, allowing the streaming service to host their films following their theatrical runs and home media releases. That same month, the company also entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Company for its films to stream across Disney's streaming and linear platforms, including Disney+ and Hulu.

Main article: Sony Pictures hack

In November 2014, the Sony Pictures computer network was compromised by a group of hackers named Guardians of Peace, disabling many computers. Later the same week, five of Sony Pictures' movies were leaked, including some not yet released (such as Fury and Annie), as well as confidential data about 47,000 current and former Sony employees. Film historian Wheeler Winston Dixon suggested that the hack, which exposed the inner workings of the studio, was "not a pretty picture," and served as a "wake-up call to the entire industry." The hack also revealed some other documents, emails between Hollywood moguls referring to Barack Obama's cinematic tastes, a possible partnership with Marvel Studios for the inclusion of the superhero Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, which was later confirmed in February 2015, amongst others. On December 16, the hackers issued a warning to moviegoers, threatening to attack anyone who sees The Interview during the holidays and urging people to "remember the 11th of September 2001". On December 17, 2014, Sony cancelled the previously planned December 25 release of The Interview in response to hacker threats.

On February 24, 2015, Tom Rothman was named chairman of SPE's motion picture group to replace Amy Pascal.

On April 16, 2015, WikiLeaks published over 30,287 documents, 173,132 e-mails, and 2,200 corporate e-mail addresses of Sony Pictures' employees. WikiLeaks said in a press release that the content of the leaks were "newsworthy and at the center of a geo-political conflict" and belonged "in the public domain". Sony Pictures later condemned the hack and subsequent leaks, calling it a "malicious criminal act", while also criticizing WikiLeaks for describing the leaked content as public domain.

Seth Rogen has expressed doubts about North Korea being responsible for the 2014 Sony hack. Based on the timeline of events and the amount of information hacked, he believes the hack may have been conducted by a Sony employee.

Headquartered in Culver City, California, U.S., SPE comprises various studios and entertainment brands, including Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures and GSN.

Senior management team

Motion Pictures and Home Entertainment

  • Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group: formerly Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. With a library of more than 4,000 films (including 12 Academy Award for Best Picture winners), as of 2004 this unit of Sony distributes about 22 films a year under its various studio brands in 67 countries. The group owns studio facilities in the United States, Hong Kong, Madrid, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Japan. In addition to the company-owned brands below, Sony Pictures also has a contract to distribute select films by MGM and UA.
    • Columbia Pictures: Founded in 1924 by Harry Cohn, Sony acquired the studio in 1989 from The Coca-Cola Company for $3.4 billion.
    • TriStar Pictures: Formed in 1982 as a joint venture between Columbia Pictures, HBO, and CBS. Became part of The Coca-Cola Company in December 1987 and the Sony ownership in 1989. Was relaunched in 2004 as a marketing and acquisitions unit that specializes in the genre and independent films.
    • Screen Gems: Originally Columbia's animation division and later a television production company best known for TV's Bewitched and The Partridge Family, as well as bringing The Three Stooges short subjects to TV in 1958. Sony revived the Screen Gems brand in 1998 to develop mid-priced movies (production budget of between $20 million and $50 million) in specific genres such as science fiction, horror, black cinema and franchise films.
    • Sony Pictures Imageworks
    • Sony Pictures Animation
    • Sony Pictures Classics
    • 3000 Pictures
    • Sony Pictures Releasing: Founded in 1994 as a successor to Triumph Releasing Corporation. The unit handles distribution, marketing, and promotion for films produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment; including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics, among others.1
      • Sony Pictures Releasing International (formerly Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International)
        • Sony Pictures India: A production house established by Sony to release Indian movies and distribute Hollywood movies released under Columbia Pictures.
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: Founded in 1978 as Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment. Currently manufactures and distributes the Sony film and television libraries on Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download
    • Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA): A Sony division which acquires and produces about 60 films per year for a wide variety of distribution platforms, especially for non-theatrical markets. It had been called "Worldwide SPE Acquisitions, Inc." until September 2010.
      • Destination Films: A motion picture company which currently specializes in action, thriller, sci-fi, niche and low-end to medium-end horror films was purchased by Sony in 2001.
      • Stage 6 Films: A direct-to-video label created in 2007. Also releases some films theatrically.
      • Affirm Films: A motion picture label launched in 2008 to release gospel and Christian films.

Television

U.S. production and distribution

  • Sony Pictures Television: (formerly Columbia TriStar Television Group) The successor-in-interest to Columbia's television division (first Screen Gems, later Columbia Pictures Television, TriStar Television, and Columbia TriStar Television), as of 2004 the unit was producing 60 titles for various television outlets globally. Contains a library that includes more than 35,000 episodes of more than 270 television series and 22,000 game show episodes under the Sony Pictures Television brand, and the television rights to the Embassy Pictures library (including The Graduate and The Lion in Winter) and also the owner of the television division "Embassy Television"—among most recent notable shows in this library are Party of Five, The Shield, Seinfeld, The King of Queens, Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless. Their former international distribution division, Sony Pictures Television International, was responsible for global distribution for the SPE film and television properties worldwide. Formerly known as Columbia TriStar International Television from 1992 to 2002.
    • Affirm Television: Affirm Films' television division.
    • Embassy Row: A television and digital production company by Michael Davies. SPT acquired the company on January 14, 2009.
    • Funimation: A distributor and licensor of dubbing anime known for the Dragon Ball franchise, Fairy Tail, Yu Yu Hakusho, One Piece and My Hero Academia. SPT acquired 95% of Funimation in 2017.
    • Gemstone Studios
    • TriStar Television: Originally launched in 1986 and folded into Columbia Pictures Television in 1988. Relaunched in 1991 and became in-name-only in 1999. Relaunched again in 2015 as a production label within SPT.
    • Sony Pictures Television Studios: An in-production name launched in July 25, 2017 to carry out the SPT library, starting on January 7, 2020.

International production

  • 2waytraffic: Acquired by Sony in 2008, this television production company owns a number of formats, most notably including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
  • Blueprint Television: (small stake)
  • Electric Ray: Founded by Karl Warner with SPT in January 2014.
  • Floresta
  • Huaso: A Chinese joint venture production company launched in 2004 by Sony Pictures Television International and Hua Long Film Digital Production Co., Ltd. of the China Film Group in Beijing.
  • Lean-M Producers Center: A Russian production company founded in 2000 by Timur Weinstein and Oleg Osipov, later joined by Vyacheslav Murugov. In 2007, SPTI acquired a majority stake in Lean-M, with an additional 16% on April 13, 2009 and the remainder in 2010.
  • Left Bank Pictures: A UK production company founded by Andy Harries, Francis Hopkinson, and Marigo Kehoe in 2007. Majority stake acquired by SPT in 2012.
  • Playmaker Media: An Australian production company acquired by SPT in 2014.
  • Silvergate Media
  • Starling
  • Stellify Media: A joint venture between SPT, Kieran Doherty, and Matt Worthy launched in 2014 for Northern Ireland.
  • Teleset

International distribution

Television networks

United States
International

Other Sony Pictures operations

Sony Pictures Plaza in Culver City
  • Sony Pictures Cable Ventures, Inc.
  • Sony Pictures Studios: The actual physical buildings, land and movie-making equipment properties in Culver City, California. Includes 22 sound stages, ranging in size from 7,600 to 43,000 square feet (700 to 4,000 m2)
  • Sony Pictures Plaza
  • Sony Pictures Europe: offices located at 25 Golden Square, London, England
  • Sony Pictures Studios Post Production Facilities
  • Worldwide Product Fulfillment

The following are other Sony Pictures divisions that are not subsidiaries of the California-based Sony Pictures Entertainment, but are instead subsidiaries of the main Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.

  1. ^ Sony Pictures Releasing became Sony Pictures's current film distributor in 1994.
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Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures Language Watch Edit Sony Pictures Entertainment redirects here For the Japanese film company within the Sony Group Corporation see Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc commonly known as Sony Pictures or SPE and formerly known as Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment studio conglomerate that produces acquires and distributes filmed entertainment theatrical motion pictures television programs and recorded videos through multiple platforms Through an intermediate holding company called Sony Film Holding Inc it is operated as a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc which is itself a subsidiary of the multinational technology and media conglomerate Sony Group Corporation 4 5 Based at the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City California as one of the Big Five major American film studios it encompasses Sony s motion picture television production and distribution units Its sales in the fiscal year 2020 April 2020 March 2021 was reported to be 7 16 billion 6 Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City California United StatesFormerlyColumbia Pictures Entertainment Inc 1987 1991 TypeSubsidiaryIndustryEntertainmentFoundedDecember 21 1987 33 years ago 1987 12 21 as Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc August 7 1991 30 years ago 1991 08 07 as Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc FounderSonyHeadquarters10202 West Washington Boulevard Culver City California United StatesArea servedWorldwideKey peopleTony Vinciquerra Chairman and CEO Stacy Green Executive Vice President amp Chief People Officer 1 Jon Hookstratten Executive Vice President Administration amp Operations ProductsMotion pictures Television programs Online games Mobile EntertainmentServicesFilm production and distribution Television Production Television Syndication Online games Video on demand Digital distribution LicensingRevenueUS 9 316 billion FY2019 Operating incomeUS 628 million FY2019 OwnerSony Group CorporationNumber of employees9 500 2019 1 ParentSony EntertainmentDivisionsMotion Pictures Group Television GroupWebsitewww wbr sonypictures wbr comFootnotes references 2 3 SPE is a member of the Motion Picture Association MPA 7 Some of Sony Pictures s film franchises include The Karate Kid Ghostbusters Spider Man Jumanji Stuart Little Men in Black Zombieland Underworld Sony s Spider Man Universe Robert Langdon The Smurfs via Peyo Sniper Hotel Transylvania Bad Boys Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Charlie s Angels Contents 1 History 2 2014 hack 3 Corporate structure 3 1 Senior management team 3 2 Motion Pictures and Home Entertainment 3 3 Television 3 3 1 U S production and distribution 3 3 2 International production 3 3 3 International distribution 3 3 4 Television networks 3 3 4 1 United States 3 3 4 2 International 3 4 Other Sony Pictures operations 4 Related Sony Pictures divisions 5 Notes 6 References 7 External linksHistory EditOn September 1 1987 The Coca Cola Company announced plans to spin off its assets of Columbia Pictures which it had owned since 1982 Under this arrangement Coca Cola would sell its entertainment assets to TriStar Pictures of which it owned 39 6 Tri Star would be renamed as Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc CPE with Coca Cola owning 49 its shareholders owning 31 and Tri Star s shareholders owning 20 8 9 A new company was formed in early 1988 with the Tri Star name to take over the studio s operations 10 On September 28 1989 Sony obtained an option to purchase all of The Coca Cola Company s stock approximately 54 million shares or 49 of the outstanding shares in CPE for 27 per share 11 The next day Sony also announced that it reached an agreement with Guber Peters Entertainment Company Inc NASDAQ GPEC formerly Barris Industries Inc to acquire CPE for 200 million when Sony hired Peter Guber and Jon Peters to be its co chairmen 12 This was all led by Norio Ohga who was the president and CEO of Sony during that time 13 The hiring of Guber and Peters by Sony to run Columbia was conflicted by a previous contract the producers had signed at Warner Bros Time Warner s chairman Steve Ross threatened Sony with a lawsuit for breach of contract The lawsuit would be subsequently dropped when Sony sold half interest in Columbia House and cable distribution rights to Columbia s feature films TV movies and miniseries to Warner Bros That same agreement also saw Columbia sell its 35 interest in the Burbank Studios and acquired Lorimar Studios previously the MGM lot from Warner Bros 14 15 On October 31 1989 Sony completed a friendly takeover bid for the rest of shares 51 of CPE which was a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange NYSE KPE and acquired 99 3 of the common stock of the company On November 8 1989 Sony completed the acquisition by a short form merger of its wholly owned subsidiary Sony Columbia Acquisition Corporation into CPE under the Delaware General Corporation Law Sony also completed a tender offer for shares of common stock of the Guber Peters Entertainment Company on November 6 1989 and acquired the company 3 days later The acquisition cost Sony 4 9 billion 3 55 billion for shares and 1 4 billion of long term debt and was backed financed by five major Japanese banks Mitsui Tokyo Fuji Mitsubishi and Industrial Bank of Japan 16 17 18 The company was renamed as Sony Pictures Entertainment on August 7 1991 19 20 Also that year Jon Peters left Columbia to start Peters Entertainment with a three year exclusive production agreement at the studio at first before transitioning to a non exclusive deal at the studio 21 Longtime CPE employee Laurie MacDonald also left to start Aerial Pictures at the studio first for a two year deal before going to 20th Century Fox in 1993 and being swallowed up by Amblin Entertainment later that year eventually setting up DreamWorks 22 Sony has since created numerous other film production and distribution units such as creating Sony Pictures Classics for art house fare by forming Columbia TriStar Pictures also known as the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group by merging Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures in 1998 revitalizing Columbia s former television division Screen Gems It expanded its operations on April 8 2005 when a Sony led consortium acquired the legendary Hollywood studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer in a US 4 8 billion leveraged buyout through the holding company MGM Holdings Inc 23 24 25 This in effect re united the MGM studio name with the MGM main studio lot although somewhat confusingly the bulk of the pre May 1986 original MGM library ended up at Time Warner via the Ted Turner Kirk Kerkorian Turner Entertainment Co transactions The post April 1986 MGM library consists of acquisitions of various third party libraries such as the Orion Pictures catalogue leading to MGM s 2014 remake of RoboCop In July 2000 a marketing executive working for Sony Corporation created a fictitious film critic David Manning who gave consistently good reviews for releases from Sony subsidiary Columbia Pictures that generally received poor reviews amongst real critics 26 Sony later pulled the ads suspended Manning s creator and his supervisor and paid fines to the state of Connecticut 27 and to fans who saw the reviewed films in the US 28 On June 4 2008 SPE s wholly owned group 2JS Productions B V acquired Dutch production company 2waytraffic N V famous for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire acquired from the original production company Celador and You Are What You Eat for 114 3 million 223 2 million in US dollars In 2011 the Sony Pictures computer network was breached and approximately one million user accounts associated with the SonyPictures com website were leaked 29 On November 18 2012 Sony Pictures announced it has passed 4 billion with the success of releases Skyfall The Amazing Spider Man 21 Jump Street Men in Black 3 Hotel Transylvania Underworld Awakening The Vow and Resident Evil Retribution 30 On November 21 2013 SPE and Sony Entertainment s CEO Michael Lynton announced that SPE will shift emphasis from movies to television by cutting its 2014 film slate 31 32 33 34 It was also announced on the same day that there will be more Spider Man sequels and spin offs 35 though on February 10 2015 Sony Pictures eventually signed a deal with Disney s Marvel Studios to allow Spider Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning with Captain America Civil War before appearing in Spider Man Homecoming which was released on July 7 2017 36 The deal also allowed Sony to distribute and have creative control on any MCU film where Spider Man is the main character such as Homecoming and its sequel Spider Man Far From Home while Disney will distribute MCU films where Spider Man appears without being the main character On January 22 2014 SPE folded its technology unit into the various cores of its businesses 37 In April Sony Pictures arranged a film financing deal worth 200 million with LStar Capital the credit venture of Lone Star Capital and Citibank half in debt and the other in equity to fund most of SPE s film slate for several years SPE was originally considering a 300 million deal with Blue Anchor Entertainment led by Bloom Hergott partner John LaViolette and former investment banker amp producer Joseph M Singer and backed by Longhorn Capital Management and Deutsche Bank which was held up by regulatory matters 38 As a result of reevaluating the assets of the motion pictures and television productions businesses capitalized film costs including the value of the film library mostly recorded at the 1989 acquisition of CPE Sony recorded a 962 million non cash goodwill impairment charge in SPE in the third quarter of 2016 39 On July 3 2018 Sony accidentally uploaded the film Khali the Killer on YouTube in its entirety The film stayed up for several hours before being removed 40 In November 2019 Sony purchased the remaining 42 stake in GSN from AT amp T placing it under the direction of its television division 41 In April 2021 Sony signed a first look deal with Netflix allowing the streaming service to host their films following their theatrical runs and home media releases 42 That same month the company also entered into a multi year licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Company for its films to stream across Disney s streaming and linear platforms including Disney and Hulu 43 2014 hack EditMain article Sony Pictures hack In November 2014 the Sony Pictures computer network was compromised by a group of hackers named Guardians of Peace disabling many computers 44 Later the same week five of Sony Pictures movies were leaked including some not yet released such as Fury and Annie as well as confidential data about 47 000 current and former Sony employees 45 46 47 Film historian Wheeler Winston Dixon suggested that the hack which exposed the inner workings of the studio was not a pretty picture and served as a wake up call to the entire industry 48 The hack also revealed some other documents emails between Hollywood moguls referring to Barack Obama s cinematic tastes a possible partnership with Marvel Studios for the inclusion of the superhero Spider Man in Captain America Civil War which was later confirmed in February 2015 amongst others 49 50 On December 16 the hackers issued a warning to moviegoers threatening to attack anyone who sees The Interview during the holidays and urging people to remember the 11th of September 2001 51 On December 17 2014 Sony cancelled the previously planned December 25 release of The Interview in response to hacker threats 52 On February 24 2015 Tom Rothman was named chairman of SPE s motion picture group to replace Amy Pascal 53 54 On April 16 2015 WikiLeaks published over 30 287 documents 173 132 e mails and 2 200 corporate e mail addresses of Sony Pictures employees WikiLeaks said in a press release that the content of the leaks were newsworthy and at the center of a geo political conflict and belonged in the public domain Sony Pictures later condemned the hack and subsequent leaks calling it a malicious criminal act while also criticizing WikiLeaks for describing the leaked content as public domain 55 56 57 Seth Rogen has expressed doubts about North Korea being responsible for the 2014 Sony hack Based on the timeline of events and the amount of information hacked he believes the hack may have been conducted by a Sony employee 58 Corporate structure EditHeadquartered in Culver City California U S SPE comprises various studios and entertainment brands including Columbia Pictures Screen Gems TriStar Pictures and GSN Senior management team Edit Anthony Vinciquerra Chairman and CEO Sony Pictures Entertainment Tom Rothman Chairman Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group 59 Motion Pictures and Home Entertainment Edit Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group 59 formerly Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group With a library of more than 4 000 films including 12 Academy Award for Best Picture winners as of 2004 this unit of Sony distributes about 22 films a year under its various studio brands in 67 countries 60 The group owns studio facilities in the United States Hong Kong Madrid Mexico the United Kingdom Brazil and Japan In addition to the company owned brands below Sony Pictures also has a contract to distribute select films by MGM and UA Columbia Pictures Founded in 1924 by Harry Cohn Sony acquired the studio in 1989 from The Coca Cola Company for 3 4 billion 16 17 TriStar Pictures Formed in 1982 as a joint venture between Columbia Pictures HBO and CBS Became part of The Coca Cola Company in December 1987 and the Sony ownership in 1989 Was relaunched in 2004 as a marketing and acquisitions unit that specializes in the genre and independent films TriStar Productions A joint venture between Thomas Rothman and SPE Screen Gems Originally Columbia s animation division and later a television production company best known for TV s Bewitched and The Partridge Family as well as bringing The Three Stooges short subjects to TV in 1958 Sony revived the Screen Gems brand in 1998 to develop mid priced movies production budget of between 20 million and 50 million in specific genres such as science fiction horror black cinema and franchise films Sony Pictures Imageworks 61 Sony Pictures Animation Sony Pictures Classics 3000 Pictures Sony Pictures Releasing Founded in 1994 62 as a successor to Triumph Releasing Corporation The unit handles distribution marketing and promotion for films produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment including Columbia Pictures TriStar Pictures Screen Gems Sony Pictures Classics among others 1Sony Pictures Releasing International formerly Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International Sony Pictures India A production house established by Sony to release Indian movies and distribute Hollywood movies released under Columbia Pictures Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Founded in 1978 as Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Currently manufactures and distributes the Sony film and television libraries on Blu ray Ultra HD Blu ray 3D Blu ray DVD and digital download Sony Wonder The former kids and family label of Sony Music Entertainment that was moved to SPHE on June 21 2007 Genius Brands minority stake Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions SPWA A Sony division which acquires and produces about 60 films per year for a wide variety of distribution platforms especially for non theatrical markets It had been called Worldwide SPE Acquisitions Inc until September 2010 Destination Films A motion picture company which currently specializes in action thriller sci fi niche and low end to medium end horror films was purchased by Sony in 2001 Stage 6 Films A direct to video label created in 2007 Also releases some films theatrically Affirm Films A motion picture label launched in 2008 to release gospel and Christian films Television Edit U S production and distribution Edit Sony Pictures Television formerly Columbia TriStar Television Group The successor in interest to Columbia s television division first Screen Gems later Columbia Pictures Television TriStar Television and Columbia TriStar Television as of 2004 the unit was producing 60 titles for various television outlets globally Contains a library that includes more than 35 000 episodes of more than 270 television series and 22 000 game show episodes under the Sony Pictures Television brand and the television rights to the Embassy Pictures library including The Graduate and The Lion in Winter and also the owner of the television division Embassy Television among most recent notable shows in this library are Party of Five The Shield Seinfeld The King of Queens Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless Their former international distribution division Sony Pictures Television International was responsible for global distribution for the SPE film and television properties worldwide Formerly known as Columbia TriStar International Television from 1992 to 2002 Affirm Television Affirm Films television division 63 Embassy Row A television and digital production company by Michael Davies SPT acquired the company on January 14 2009 Funimation A distributor and licensor of dubbing anime known for the Dragon Ball franchise Fairy Tail Yu Yu Hakusho One Piece and My Hero Academia SPT acquired 95 of Funimation in 2017 64 Gemstone Studios TriStar Television Originally launched in 1986 and folded into Columbia Pictures Television in 1988 Relaunched in 1991 and became in name only in 1999 Relaunched again in 2015 as a production label within SPT Sony Pictures Television Studios An in production name launched in July 25 2017 to carry out the SPT library starting on January 7 2020 65 International production Edit 2waytraffic Acquired by Sony in 2008 this television production company owns a number of formats most notably including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Blueprint Television small stake Electric Ray Founded by Karl Warner with SPT in January 2014 66 Floresta Huaso A Chinese joint venture production company launched in 2004 by Sony Pictures Television International and Hua Long Film Digital Production Co Ltd of the China Film Group in Beijing 67 Lean M Producers Center A Russian production company founded in 2000 by Timur Weinstein and Oleg Osipov later joined by Vyacheslav Murugov In 2007 SPTI acquired a majority stake in Lean M with an additional 16 on April 13 2009 68 and the remainder in 2010 Left Bank Pictures A UK production company founded by Andy Harries Francis Hopkinson and Marigo Kehoe in 2007 Majority stake acquired by SPT in 2012 Playmaker Media An Australian production company acquired by SPT in 2014 69 Silvergate Media Starling Stellify Media A joint venture between SPT Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy launched in 2014 for Northern Ireland 70 TelesetInternational distribution Edit Funimation UK formerly Manga Entertainment Ltd A distributor of anime Funimation acquired Manga Entertainment UK in 2019 71 Madman Anime Group Pty Ltd A distributor of anime It was a part of Madman Entertainment Television networks Edit United States Edit Cine Sony Television Funimation 95 Funimation is the subscription video on demand service of the Funimation Global Group It streams Japanese anime and Japanese Asian cinema TV titles licensed by the company as well as from 2016 to 2018 several simulcast titles licensed exclusively by Crunchyroll Game Show Network GetTV Sony MoviesInternational Edit AXN Formed in 1997 AXN is Sony s entertainment television network which airs across Japan Asia Latin America and Europe Sony Entertainment Television Viasat 3 and Viasat 6 Acquired by SPT in February 2015 from Modern Times Group in Hungary 72 Other Sony Pictures operations Edit Ghost Corps Oversees projects relating to the Ghostbusters franchise including films television shows and merchandising Madison Gate Records Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group Sony Pictures Consumer Products Sony Pictures Interactive Sony Pictures Plaza in Culver City Sony Pictures Cable Ventures Inc Sony Pictures Studios The actual physical buildings land and movie making equipment properties in Culver City California Includes 22 sound stages ranging in size from 7 600 to 43 000 square feet 700 to 4 000 m2 Sony Pictures Plaza Sony Pictures Europe offices located at 25 Golden Square London England Sony Pictures Studios Post Production Facilities Worldwide Product FulfillmentRelated Sony Pictures divisions EditThe following are other Sony Pictures divisions that are not subsidiaries of the California based Sony Pictures Entertainment but are instead subsidiaries of the main Tokyo based Sony Corporation Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan SPEJ The company plans produces manufactures sells imports exports leases broadcasts and distributes movies TV programs videos and audio visual software in Japan The company website says it was established on February 10 1984 73 predating Sony s acquisition of Columbia Pictures Entertainment by 5 years SPEJ was formed in 1991 through the merger of Columbia TriStar Japan RCA Columbia Pictures Video Japan and Japan International Enterprises 74 Based in Tokyo Japan The California based Sony Pictures Entertainment holds a majority share of SPEJ 75 76 Animax Instituted in Japan by Sony in 1998 Animax is the world s largest anime television network 77 with respective networks operating across Japan East Asia Southeast Asia and formerly South Asia South America Africa and other regions 78 Sony Pictures Digital Productions Inc SPDP A subsidiary of Sony Corporation based in Japan 79 Sony Station Sony Pictures Network Sony Pictures Digital Networks SPiN SoapCity Screenblast Advanced Platform Group APG Sony Pictures Networks India A subsidiary of Sony Corporation based in India 80 Sony Entertainment Television and Sony SAB are its main brands It also owns many other companies and brands under the Sony brand Sony SAB Sony Aath Sony BBC Earth joint venture with BBC Studios Sony Entertainment Television Sony Max Sony Max 2 Sony Pal Sony Pix Sony Six Sony Ten Sony Wah Sony YayNotes Edit Sony Pictures Releasing became Sony Pictures s current film distributor in 1994 References Edit Senior Management Team Sony Pictures Entertainment Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc Private Company Information Supplemental Information for the Consolidated Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended March 31 2018 PDF Tokyo Japan Sony Corporation April 27 2018 p 10 Retrieved May 6 2018 About Sony Pictures Sony Pictures Entertainment Archived from the original on March 21 2019 Retrieved January 28 2016 Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc is a wholly owned fifth tier subsidiary of Sony Corporation It is directly owned by Sony Film Holding Inc a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc a subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation FY2015 Securities Report in Japanese Sony Corporation Patrick Frater April 27 2021 Sony s Doubled Profits Driven By Games Music and Film variety com 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film critic BBC News March 2 2004 Emanuella Grinberg March 9 2004 Moviegoers to settle with studio after being lured by phony critic CNN Sony pays 1 5m over fake critic BBC News August 3 2005 Sony Pictures Website Hacked 1 Million Accounts Exposed mashable com June 2 2011 Finke Nikki November 18 2012 Skyfall s 669 2M Global Helps 20th Century Fox s Post Best Ever 4B Worldwide David Lieberman Sony Pictures Vows To Cut Costs 250M Through 2016 Deadline Hollywood Archived from the original on November 23 2013 Retrieved November 22 2013 David Lieberman Sony Pictures To Shift Emphasis From Movies To TV Will Cut Film Output For 2014 Deadline Hollywood Retrieved November 22 2013 Nellie Andreeva From Pariah To Company MVP The Quiet Rise Of Sony s Television Division Deadline Hollywood Retrieved November 22 2013 David Lieberman Sony TV Execs Talk Up Global Opportunities Deadline Hollywood Retrieved November 22 2013 David Lieberman Sony Pictures Plans More Spider Man Sequels And Spinoffs But Still No Marvel Reunion Deadline Hollywood Retrieved November 22 2013 Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Marvel Studios Into The Amazing World Of Spider Man Press release Marvel Retrieved February 11 2017 Layoffs Hit Sony Pictures As SPE Absorbs Technology Unit Deadline Hollywood Retrieved January 24 2014 Fleming Mike Jr April 8 2014 Sony Closes Slate Co Fi Deal With Lone Star Capital CitiBank Deadline Hollywood Retrieved October 31 2014 Sony Announces Goodwill Impairment in the Pictures Segment Sony Corporation 6 K No 17 008E January 30 2017 Sony tries to upload movie trailer to YouTube posts entire movie instead Ars Technica July 3 2018 Retrieved July 28 2018 Hayes Dade November 18 2019 Sony Acquires AT amp T s 42 Game Show Network Stake In Deal Worth 500M Deadline Retrieved November 18 2019 Hayes Dade April 8 2021 Netflix And Sony Break Ground With Film Licensing Deal Replacing Starz Pact Including First Look At New Direct To Streaming Titles Deadline Retrieved April 9 2021 Littleton Cynthia April 21 2021 Disney Sets Massive Movie Deal With Sony Pictures Bringing More Marvel to Disney Plus Variety Hack at Sony Pictures shuts computer system LA Times November 25 2014 Sony movies leak online after hack attack Torrentfreak Retrieved November 30 2014 Barnes Brooks Perlroth Nicole December 2 2014 Hackers Pirate Sony Films and Leak Studio Salaries New York Times Lawsuits against Sony Pictures could test employer responsibility for data breaches Washington Post MEG JAMES RYAN FAUGHNDER December 13 2014 Fallout from Sony hack may alter how Hollywood conducts business Los Angeles Times Retrieved December 14 2014 Sony Hack Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin Joked About Obama s Race in Leaked Emails The Hollywood Reporter December 10 2014 Retrieved October 15 2017 Spider Man may appear in Captain America 3 mashable com Sony Hackers Threaten Movie Theaters USA Today December 16 2014 Sony pulls The Interview the Internet reacts CNBC December 18 2014 Tom Rothman Replaces Amy Pascal At Sony Pictures Michael Lynton Contract Extended Deadline Hollywood Retrieved February 24 2015 Sony Names Former Fox Film Chief Tom Rothman to Replace Pascal Bloomberg News Retrieved February 24 2015 Saba Hamedy April 16 2015 Sony Pictures condemns WikiLeaks release of hacked material Los Angeles Times Retrieved November 30 2017 Eriq Gardner April 17 2015 Sony Hack WikiLeaks Publishes More Than 30 000 Documents Yahoo Movies Retrieved November 30 2017 WikiLeaks Sony Archives April 16 2015 Retrieved November 30 2017 Desta Yohana April 30 2018 Actually Seth Rogen Doesn t Think North Korea Was Behind the Sony Hack HWD Retrieved July 28 2018 a b Sony Pictures Divisions sonypictures com Retrieved June 7 2015 Sony Pictures Corporate Factsheet Archived from the original on November 4 2005 Sony Pictures Imageworks imageworks com SONY PICTURES RELEASING CORPORATION businessprofiles com Retrieved on January 20 2014 Sony s Faith Based Affirm Films Launches TV Division Headed By Marybeth Sprows Sony Just Officially Acquired Funimation Deadline Sony Pictures TV Sets New Leadership Jeff Frost Named Studio President Chris Parnell amp Jason Clodfelter Co Presidents Nancy Tartaglione Sony Pictures Television Karl Warner Launch UK Production Outfit Electric Ray Deadline Hollywood Retrieved January 21 2014 Sony Pictures Television Sony Pictures Television International Forms First Fully Government Approved Television and Film Production Joint Venture in the People s Republic of China Press release PRNewswire Retrieved September 30 2012 CCC director sold shares of Sony Pictures Television series producer Retrieved on February 28 2012 Cynthia Littleton Sony Pictures Television Acquires Australia s Playmaker Media Variety Retrieved February 8 2015 Nancy Tartaglione Sony Pictures Television Launches Northern Ireland Production Company Stellify Media Deadline Hollywood Retrieved March 20 2014 Wright Marshall May 29 2019 FUNIMATION ACQUIRES UK ANIME DISTRIBUTOR MANGA ENTERTAINMENT 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