Sony Pictures

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Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., formerly Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, is a movie production and distribution company owned by Sony Corporation, known for owning Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems Pictures, Affirm Films, and other studios. The company makes movies, usually released under Columbia Pictures, as well as TV shows under its TV department Sony Pictures Television. Though the main operations are in the United States, Sony Pictures has many different divisions around the world, such as in Latin America, India and Japan. The company is now headquartered at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (1987–1991)
FoundedDecember 21, 1987; 34 years ago (1987-12-21) as Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
August 7, 1991; 31 years ago (1991-08-07) as Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
United States
Area served
Key people
  • Tony Vinciquerra (Chairman and CEO)
  • Stacy Green (Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer)[1]
  • Jon Hookstratten (Executive Vice President, Administration & Operations)
RevenueDecrease US$7.097 billion (FY2020)
Increase US$753 million (FY2020)
OwnerSony Group Corporation
Number of employees
9,500 (2019 [1])
ParentSony Entertainment
Footnotes / references

History[change | change source]

Sony Corporation first got into the movie business after buying Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures in 1989, renaming the company that owned those two studios "Sony Pictures" in 1991.[4]

Sony Pictures eventually branched out and created other divisions, and even had a part of rival studio MGM at one point and making several James Bond movies with them.[5] The company was hacked in 2014 by people who seemed to be from North Korea. The U.S. government thinks this was for making The Interview, a movie that made fun of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.[6]

Sony Pictures recovered after the hacking, making deals with Disney to share Spider-Man movies with Marvel Studios and Netflix to stream its movies and TV shows on there.[7][8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Senior Management Team | Sony Pictures Entertainment".
  2. Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.: Private Company Information
  3. "Supplemental Information for the Consolidated Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended March 31, 2018" (PDF). Tokyo, Japan: Sony Corporation. 2018-04-27. p. 10. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  4. David E. Sanger, Special To The New York Times (1989-09-28). "Sony Has High Hopes For Columbia Pictures". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  5. Sony nabs MGM for $5B, source says, CNN, September 14, 2004.
  6. "Hack at Sony Pictures shuts computer system". LA Times. November 25, 2014.
  7. "Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Marvel Studios Into The Amazing World Of Spider-Man" (Press release). Marvel. Archived from the original on 2018-04-14. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  8. Hayes, Dade (2021-04-08). "Netflix And Sony Break Ground With Film Licensing Deal Replacing Starz Pact, Including First Look At New Direct-To-Streaming Titles". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-04-09.