Sony ups contract for co-chairman Amy Pascal, more Bond in her future?
Sony Pictures today announced they have extended the contract of their Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Trade papers say the contract extension was for 5 more years. Pascal was instrumental in Sony's success in collaborating with EON Productions on the 'reboot' of the James Bond franchise with "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace".
As MGM are looking for a distribution partner to fund the production budget of Bond 23 and to share 50% of the revenue, it is likely Pascal will be arguing the case that Sony Pictures (and their distributor Columbia Tristar) should get a go at a third consecutive movie with Daniel Craig in the tuxedo. Running against them in their bid for Bond will likely be Paramount, who are closer to MGM's new co-CEO's from Spyglass (who worked together to reboot "Star Trek").
Sony Corporation of America has extended Amy Pascalâs employment agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Pascal is Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures, and together with Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, they are responsible for overseeing all lines of business for the studio, including motion pictures (Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures), worldwide television production and distribution, home entertainment, and digital productions (Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation). So far this year, the studioâs successful slate of films has generated more than $2 billion in worldwide box office revenues. Since 2000, Sony Pictures has had 73 movies open to #1 at the domestic box office, more than any other studio. Last year, Sony Pictures enjoyed its best year ever at the worldwide box office with nearly $3.6 billion in theatrical ticket sales.
âAt Sony Pictures, two heads are smarter than one, more distinguished than one, and more dynamic than one,â said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Sony Corporation. âAmy Pascal and Michael Lynton are synonymous with success and style and under their leadership, the studio continues to be an immense source of pride for us all. While The Social Network is receiving such unanimous acclaim, it is only the latest in a long string of hits from the studio over the past several years. There is no doubt Amy is making Culver City the epicenter of creativity, and a home away from home for Hollywoodâs finest.â
âMichael and I care deeply about the content Sony Pictures creates and we share a unified and committed vision towards the kinds of movies and television programming we want to make," Pascal said. "I am very lucky to have a boss in my corner like Howard. He has been a true champion of this studio and he put Michael and me together as partners, and for that alone, I will always be grateful. There could be no better collaborator, no savvier businessman and no greater friend as we lead Sony into the future. We are tremendously proud of what our employees all over the world have accomplished over the past several years. For the better part of this decade, we have enjoyed an outstanding level of success thanks to each member of our team who tirelessly supports the innovative storytellers and talent who bring our projects to screens and devices of every size. I know the best from Sony Pictures is still to come.â
âI have never enjoyed a job more than this one, thanks to my partnership with Amy. Her leadership, business skills and candid, no-nonsense approach to problem solving brings enormous strength to all of our lines of business, especially in this time of real challenge and change in our industry,â said Lynton. âI couldnât imagine running Sony Pictures without Amy as my partner.â
Sony Pictures Entertainment is only one of two studios to generate more than $1 billion in domestic box office sales for each of the past nine years. Since Pascalâs promotion to co-chairman of the studio in 2006, the studio has released an impressive array of box office hits, including such worldwide blockbusters as Spider-Man 3, The Pursuit of Happyness, Casino Royale, Superbad, You Donât Mess with the Zohan, Step Brothers, Quantum of Solace, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Hancock, among others.
Pascal joined Columbia Pictures in 1988, leaving the studio in 1994 to help build Turner Pictures as president of Production. During her first years at Columbia, she oversaw such memorable motion pictures as Groundhog Day, Little Women, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own. She rejoined Columbia Pictures in 1996 as president of the studio under John Calley.
Earlier in her career, Pascal was Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox in 1986-1987. Before joining Fox, Pascal began her career as a secretary working for legendary BBC producer Tony Garnett at Kestral Films, an independent production company affiliated with Warner Bros.
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