Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (SPE) is the [[television]] and [[film]] production/distribution unit of [[Japan]]-based [[media_conglomerate]] [[Sony]]. Its group sales in 2005 has been reported to be of $6.6 billion.Sony Pictures – Corporate Factsheet, sonypictures.com
Headquartered in [[Culver_City,_California]], [[USA]], SPE comprises various studios and entertainment brands, including [[Columbia_Pictures]], [[MGM]] and [[GSN]].
Senior management team
- Chairman & CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Chairman, Motion Picture Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Jeff Blake
- Vice Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Columbia_TriStar_Motion_Picture_Group
- Vice Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment
- President, Sony_Pictures_Digital
List of holdings
- [[Columbia_TriStar_Motion_Picture_Group]] (result of a merger between Columbia_Pictures and TriStar_Pictures in 1998): 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 below company-owned brands, Columbia TriStar also has a contract to distribute films for independent [[Revolution_Studios]] and select films by [[MGM]]/[[UA]].
- [[Columbia_Pictures]]: Founded in [] by [[Harry_Cohn]], Sony acquired the studio in [] from [[The_Coca-Cola_Company]] for $3.4 billion.
- Sony Pictures India, production house estabilished by Sony to release Indian movies and distribute hollywood movies, released under Columbia_Pictures.
- [[Sony_Pictures_Classics]] (SPC): Specializes in acquiring distribution rights to [[independent]] and [[art_film]]s as well as producing lower-budget productions geared to limited audiences.
- Sony Pictures Releasing
- Sony Pictures Releasing International
- [[Screen_Gems]]: Originally Columbia’s animation division and later a television production company best known for TV’s [[Bewitched]] and [[The_Partridge_Family]], Sony revived the Screen_Gems brand 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_film]]s.
- [[Triumph_Films]]: The label Sony uses for its low-budget or [[direct_to_video]] films.
- [[Destination_Films]]: A “niche” motion picture company purchased by Sony in 2001.
- [[Sony_Pictures_Home_Entertainment]]: Manufactures and distributes the Sony film library in DVD, [[video_cassette]], and [[UMD]] forms to global markets.
- [[Sony_Pictures_Television]] Group: The successor-in-interest to Columbia’s television division (first Screen_Gems, later [[Columbia_Pictures Television]], [[Coca-Cola]] Television, [[TriStar_Television]] (A division of Columbia_Pictures 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 Columbia TriStar_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 brand “[[Embassy_Television]]”–among most recent notable shows in this library are [[Seinfeld]], [[King_of_Queens]], [[Days_of_Our_Lives]] and [[The_Young_and_the_Restless]].
- [[Merv_Griffin_Entertainment]]: Founded in 1964 by [[Merv_Griffin]] as Merv_Griffin Productions. He sold his company to The [[Coca-Cola]] Company in 1986 as Merv_Griffin Enterprises. It is now a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment since 1991. MGE is located in [[Los_Angeles,_California]].
- [[Barry_&_Enright_Productions]] (post-scandal), including [[Jack_Barry_Productions]]: Formed in [] by [[Jack Barry]] and [[Dan_Enright]], shut down in [], and reformed in []
- [[Chuck_Barris_Productions]]: Formed in [] by [[Chuck_Barris]]. Formed Barris Industries in [].
- [[Bob_Stewart_Productions]]: Formed in [] by [[Bob Stewart]]
- [[Tandem Productions|Tandem Productions/TAT Communications]]/[[Embassy_Television|Embassy_Television/ELP Communications]]: Formed by [[Bud_Yorkin]] and [[Norman_Lear]] in []. Yorkin sold his shares to Lear in the late 70s. Lear sold Tandem/TAT to The [[Coca-Cola]] Company in 1986 as ELP Communications. It is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment since 1991; now as [[Tandem Licensing Corporation]].
- [[Sony_Pictures_Television International]]: Formed in 1994 as the worldwide television distribution arm for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Formerly known as [[Columbia_TriStar_International_Television]] from 1994-2002.
- [[Animax]]: Instituted in [[Japan]] by Sony in [], Animax is the world’s largest [[anime]] television network The Anime Biz] – By Ian Rowley, with Hiroko Tashiro, Chester Dawson, and Moon Ihlwan, [[BusinessWeek]], [[June_27]] 2005., with respective networks operating across Japan, [[East_Asia]], [[Southeast_Asia]], [[South_Asia]], [[South_America]] and other regions [http://www.animax-asia.com/corporate/default.asp Animax Asia – Corporate Profile – Animax-Asia official website..
- [[AXN]]: Formed in 1997, AXN is Sony’s entertainment television network, which airs across Japan, Asia, Latin America and [[Europe]].
- Sony Pictures Consumer Products
- [[Sony_Pictures_Digital Networks]]
- Advanced Platform Group APG
- [[Grouper (Windows application)|Grouper Networks, Inc.]]
- [[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_Studios Post Production Facilities
- Worldwide Product Fulfillment
- [[Game_Show_Network]]: (joint venture with [[Liberty_Media]])
- [[Movielink]]: (joint venture with [[MGM]], [[Paramount_Pictures]], [[Universal_Studios]], and [[Warner_Bros.]])
- [[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 web site says it was established on February 10, 1984Sony Pictures Online SPEJ – Company Profile], Sony_Pictures_Entertainment_(Japan), Inc. official website., 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.[http://www.sonypictures.jp/archive/cinemaparadise/01/3.html History of Columbia_Pictures Part 3, Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (in Japanese) Based in Tokyo, Japan.
- [[Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer]] Studios, Inc.: A consortium led by Sony and its equity partners acquired the legendary Hollywood studio in a deal finalized on [[April_8]], [], worth nearly $5 billion.Acquistion of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Completed.] April_8, 2005, Press Release, Sony_Corporation_of_America Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. is held by the consortium through the [[Delaware]]-registered company [[MGM_Holdings,_Inc.]], which wholly owns the [[Century City, Los_Angeles,_California|Century City]]-based holding company [[Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.]] MGM ownership is as follows: [[Providence_Equity_Partners]] (29%), [[Texas_Pacific_Group]] (21%), [[Sony_Corporation_of_America]] (20%), [[Comcast]] (20%), [[Credit_Suisse]] (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). Sony_Corporation_of_America owns 20% of the total equity (which includes 45% of the total outstanding common stock) of MGM_Holdings,_Inc. Officially Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is not a part of Sony Pictures Entertainment.http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/313838/000114554906001253/k01183e20vf.htm Sony Annual Report (SEC Form 20-F) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/ar/2006/index.html Sony 2006 Annual Report MGM has operating agreements with SPE in regard to the distribution of MGM’s library and co-production of new films. The company is located in [[Santa Monica, California].
- United Artists Corporation: MGM’s sister specialty studio also acquired by the Comcast/Sony partnership.
- [[Orion_Pictures]] Corporation: In-name-only unit of MGM, its library also now part of the Comcast/Sony acquisition.
- [[Filmways]], Inc.
- [[Streamline_Pictures]]: In-name-only anime-dubbing unit of Orion.
- [[The_Samuel_Goldwyn_Company]]: Founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. in 1979. It is also part of the Comcast/Sony partnership. Also known as Samuel Goldwyn Films and G2 Films.
- [[MGM_Television]]: MGM’s television division established in 1955. MGM_Television owns shows from [[United_Artists_Television]], Orion Television, Filmways Television, American International Television, [[Samuel_Goldwyn_Television]], Heatter-Quigley_Productions, and post-1986 shows by MGM/UA.
- [[MGM_Worldwide_Television]]: MGM’s global television arm of MGM_Television established in 1996
- [[MGM_Home_Entertainment]]: Manufactures and distributes the MGM film library for DVD and [[video_cassette]].
Notes and references
- Official website
- Official Japan website
- Official Sony Pictures Releasing International website
- Sony Pictures Entertainment Museum