Veteran media and entertainment executive Tony Vinciquerra has been named the chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Vinciquerra, who formerly led Fox Networks for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., will be based in Los Angeles and take the reins beginning June 1. He replaces former studio chief Michael Lynton, who stepped down from the company in January after Sony Pictures dealt with a series of box office busts and devastating blows—most notably the crippling cyberattack that exposed private emails and internal documents of the company.
“Tony is a proven, results-oriented leader with extensive experience running and driving growth in large, complex media and entertainment businesses,” Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai said in a statement. “His operating skills, effectiveness working with creative teams and expertise in managing digital disruption and new technologies make him the perfect choice to lead SPE, and build on the studio’s turnaround efforts to date.”
“I am thrilled to be joining SPE at such an exciting and dynamic time for the studio, and for the industry as a whole,” said Vinciquerra. “Everything about how we produce, distribute and consume content is changing, and I see tremendous opportunities working with the enormously talented teams at SPE, Sony Corp. and the other Sony companies. I want to thank Kaz for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to hitting the ground running.”
“Tony’s breadth of experience spanning media, tech and entertainment will enable him to expertly lead SPE and its multi-faceted lines of business,” said Lynton. “After 13 extraordinary years, I know SPE, its strengths and its culture, and I am confident that Tony will make a terrific leader who will take the studio to new heights.”
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