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Sony Corporation of America (SCA)

Outline of Principal Operations

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR MOTION PICTURE GROUP

  • Releases about 22 films per year in the United States
  • SPE's releasing companies, Sony Pictures Releasing (U.S.) and Sony Pictures Releasing International, are responsible for sales, distribution, and marketing of SPE's film product in 142 territories worldwide
  • SPE's international motion picture operations include Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia in Hong Kong, Columbia Films Producciones Espanolas in Madrid, Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico in Mexico City and operations in the United Kingdom, Brazil and Japan
  • The motion picture library is one of SPE's most valuable assets, featuring more than 3,500 films, including 12 Best Picture Academy Award® winners
  • Encompasses production studio Columbia Pictures; film labels Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures; and global motion picture production operations

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Columbia Pictures

  • Founded in 1924, Columbia Pictures has a strong reputation for both critical and commercial success
  • Recent releases include: The Ides of March, Jack and Jill, and Arthur Christmas (with Sony Pictures Animation)
  • Upcoming releases include: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

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Sony Pictures Classics

  • Sony Pictures Classics specializes in the acquisition, marketing, and distribution of prestigious foreign and American independent films
  • Recent releases include: The Skin I Live In, A Dangerous Method and Restless
  • Upcoming releases include: Carnage, A Separation and In Darkness

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Screen Gems

  • Screen Gems focuses on films that fall between the wide-release movies traditionally developed and distributed by Columbia Pictures and those released by Sony Pictures Classics
  • Recent releases include: Friends with Benefits and Straw Dogs
  • Upcoming releases include: Underworld Awakening and The Vow

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TriStar Pictures

  • In 2004, TriStar Pictures was relaunched as a marketing and acquisitions unit
  • The label will have a particular emphasis on genre films
  • Recent releases include: Colombiana and Courageous
  • Upcoming releases include: Looper

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SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment distributes SPE and acquired third-party theatrical and non-theatrical product on Blu-ray disc, DVD, UMD and through new media (mobile and digital distribution) to the worldwide home entertainment market
  • Among the more than 3,500 film and TV titles in SPHE's catalog are the Spider-Man films, Hancock, Pineapple Express, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the Seinfeld TV series and film classics on Blu-ray such as Gandhi, Dr. Strangelove and Ghostbusters

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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION GROUP

  • SPE's television operations trace their history to the founding of Screen Gems in 1948, the first television business created by a major Hollywood studio
  • Currently, television operations produce or distribute approximately 60 programs worldwide, spanning all formats and genres
  • SPE also grants licensing rights to its large library of television programs and motion pictures to broadcast and cable networks, network affiliates and independent stations in the United States, and to international television stations and other broadcasters throughout the world
  • Sony Pictures Television is a premier producer and distributor for network, syndication, and cable markets
  • SPE has formed or invested in international networks with 120 channel feeds in more than 142 countries reaching approximately 543 million households worldwide. In addition, SPE produces local language programming and has licensed SPE owned formats in approximately 75 countries around the world
  • SPT operates Crackle.com, SPE's premium video website featuring high quality original content and television shows and feature films from the studio's library

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CRACKLE

  • A multi-platform video entertainment network and studio that distributes work from the hottest emerging talent on the web
  • Crackle's channels and shows reach a global audience across the Internet, in the living room, and on devices, including a broad range of Sony electronics products

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SPT's programs include:
  • Network Prime Time Series - RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (CBS); Community and The Sing Off (NBC); Pan Am, Happy Endings and Shark Tank (ABC); and Re-Modeled (CW)
  • Made-for-Cable - Necessary Roughness (USA); The Big C (Showtime); Justified (FX); The Boondocks (Cartoon Network); Franklin & Bash (TNT); Breaking Bad (AMC); Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime); Newlywed Game (GSN) and Damages (DIRECTV)
  • Upcoming Telefilms - Ben Hur (ABC); Jesse Stone: Benefits of the Doubt (CBS); Withchslayer (Syfy), Hatfields and McCoys (History), Steel Magnolias (Lifetime), Bag of Bones (A&E)
  • First-Run Syndication - The Dr. Oz Show
  • Off-Network Syndication - RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, Seinfeld, The King Of Queens, 'Til Death, Dawson's Creek, Just Shoot Me, Mad About You, The Nanny, Married...With Children, The Steve Harvey Show, Walker, Texas Ranger and The Shield
  • Top Rated Network U.S. Daytime Dramas - The Young & The Restless (CBS) and Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
  • The #1 and #2 Rated U.S. Syndicated Game Shows - Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune
  • Library includes: more than 3,500 feature films, plus over 50,000 television episodes, 275 television series and more than 22,000 episodes of game show programming from 50 years of television history, including such TV classics as I Dream Of Jeannie, Bewitched, All In The Family, Barney Miller, Benson, Diff'rent Strokes, Maude, Who's The Boss, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, Married...With Children, The Jeffersons, The Dating Game and The Three Stooges

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Branded Distribution Channels
  • SET Latin America
    • General entertainment network featuring the best in U.S. series as well as originally produced programming
    • Launched September 1995
  • SET en Veo (Spain)
    • Programming service on VEO's digital terrestrial television channel offering general family entertainment featuring U.S. drama series
    • SET is also distributed in Spain through agreements with Digital Plus, Imagenio, and cable operators
    • Re-launched as a pay-DDT service November 2010
  • SET Portugal
    • Launched April 2008
  • SET Russia
    • Launched April 2009
  • SET Singapore
    • General Entertainment network targeting an upscale, female audience
    • Launched July 2007
  • SET Africa
    • Pure general entertainment channel featuring U.S. series and movies
    • Launched November 2007
  • SET India
    • Hindi general entertainment network for family audiences
    • Launched October 1995
  • SET Max
    • Premium Hindi movies network
    • Launched October 1999
  • SAB
    • Hindi general entertainment for youth audiences
    • Launched November 2005
  • SET PIX
    • Hollywood movies
    • Launched April 2006
  • AXN
    • High-energy, quality entertainment with an edge, featuring the best in U.S. series, originally produced shows and blockbuster movies
    • Launched in Asian region and India (September 1997 and Fall 1998, respectively)
    • Japan (June 1998)
    • Spain (November 1998)
    • Latin America (August 1999)
    • Portugal (November 2002)
    • Central Europe (October 2003)
    • Germany (November 2004)
    • Korea (July 2005)
    • Italy (October 2005)
    • AXN Crime and AXN Sci-Fi Central Europe (May 2006)
    • Poland and Romania (February 2007)
    • Africa (August 2007)
    • AXN Sci-FI Commonwealth of Independent States (December 2007)
    • AXN brand extension AXN Beyond launched in Philippines (January 2008)
    • AXN Beyond Hong Kong (April 2008)
    • AXN Beyond Singapore (May 2008)
    • Bulgaria (July 2008)
    • AXN Sci-Fi Poland (January 2009)
    • AXN Crime Poland (March 2009)
    • AXN in the Adriatic region - Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia (September 2009)
    • AXN Sci-Fi in the Adriatic region (November 2010)
    • Czech Republic (April 2010)
    • AXN+1 Italy and AXN HD Italy (May 2010)
    • AXN HD Poland (July 2010)
    • AXN Sci-fi Italy (November 2010)
    • AXN Central Europe HD (January 2011)
    • AXN Germany HD (February 2011)
  • Animax
    • ANIMAX Japan is SPE's first network branded and dedicated to popular Japanese animation
    • ANIMAX Japan launched in July 1998
    • ANIMAX Asia launched in January 2004
    • ANIMAX India launched in July 2004
    • ANIMAX Latin America launched in July 2005
    • ANIMAX Korea launched in April 2006
    • ANIMAX Germany launched in June 2007
    • ANIMAX Central Europe launched in July 2007
    • ANIMAX Africa launched in November 2007
    • ANIMAX Asia is broadcast region-wide from Singapore via five dedicated, highly customized services for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Philippines
    • ANIMAX Latin America is broadcast in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese throughout Latin America
    • ANIMAX Korea airs local Korean animation programming as well as Japanese anime
    • ANIMAX Spain launched in 2008
    • ANIMAX Portugal launched in 2009
  • AXN Mystery
    • Mystery Channel in Japan specializes in the mystery genre
    • Acquired in October 2008 and re-branded as AXN Mystery in October 2009
  • Channel 8
    • Channel 8 is a Bengali-language film channel in India.
    • Acquired in February 2009
    • One
    • Malaysia - Launched in October 2010
    • Sony Max
    • Africa - Launched in January 2011
Other Channel Investments:
  • Asia Pacific: TV1 (Australia), TV1 SCI FI (Australia), Premium Movie Partnership (Showtime/Encore) (Australia)
  • United States: GSN, FEARnet, Sony Movie Channel, 3Net
Non-Linear Digital Networks:
  • FEARnet and Crackle, SET and Sony Retro on BT Vision (United Kingdom); SET on Sony Bravia (United Kingdom); Screen Gems on Tiscali (United Kingdom); Sony Retro on Fastweb (Italy); Sony Retro on Maxdome (Germany) and Sony Retro on Videoland, Videoload, Vodafone and Fox Mobile (Germany)

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SONY PICTURES CONSUMER MARKETING

  • Manages the studio's film and television merchandising, licensing and retail opportunities for Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. for current and library properties by working with manufacturers (licensees) and retailers to create quality products and services and increase consumer awareness

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SONY PICTURES DIGITAL PRODUCTIONS

  • An operating unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
  • Consists of Sony Pictures Animation (SPA), Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Interactive
  • Division produces stories, characters, images, visual effects and animation

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Sony Pictures Imageworks

  • An Academy Award®-winning, state-of-the-art visual effects and digital production studio dedicated to the art and artistry of visual effects and character creation
  • Has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Oscars® for its work on Spider-Man 2 and the CG animated short film The ChubbChubbs!, as well as nominations for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Spider-Man, Hollow Man, Stuart Little and Starship Troopers
  • Has become a major force by providing leading edge technology to filmmakers and world-class artists
  • Recent projects include Alice in Wonderland, The Green Lantern, Zookeeper and The Smurfs 3D
  • Current projects include Arthur Christmas and Hotel Transylvania

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Sony Pictures Animation

  • Established in May 2002, to enable Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to tap into the vast imagination of the creative community, develop characters and stories that are best realized through digital production and bring entertainment to audiences of all ages to the screen
  • Released its first production Open Season in September 2006 and became the studios #2 home entertainment film in 2007
  • Its second film, Surf's Up! was released in June 2007 and was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award® and won two Annie Awards
  • SPA's release, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, was released in September 2009 and has been nominated for four Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature
  • Recent releases include The Smurfs 3D and Arthur Christmas
  • Upcoming releases include: Hotel Transylvania

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Sony Pictures Interactive

  • Produces award-winning content, websites and comprehensive digital marketing

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SONY PICTURES STUDIOS

  • SPE's main lot in Culver City, CA, Sony Pictures Studios, features 22 sound stages, ranging in size from more than 7,600 square feet to the world's second-largest stage at roughly 43,000 square feet
  • Provides integrated digital capabilities to create and deliver content across existing and emerging media and markets

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Sony Pictures Studios Post Production Facilities

  • Offers film, television, and multimedia industries an extensive post production facility, combining a creative, on-lot work environment with technology excellence and respected Oscar®-winning crews
  • Features uniquely designed, state-of-the-art re-recording theaters; a historic scoring stage; DVD audio-mastering and sound-restoration suites; ADR and Foley stages; and sound design suites, editorial rooms, and non-linear editing systems

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Worldwide Product Fulfillment

  • Offers a variety of sales services to internal and external clients worldwide; post production services, advertising, and publicity; and worldwide distribution of on-air and theatrical content
  • Provides state-of-the-art storage, asset management, and film restoration programs for one of the industry's largest film and television libraries

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SONY PICTURES TECHNOLOGIES

  • Sony Pictures Technologies, a unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment, is dedicated to developing and deploying technological solutions to advance the creation, management and distribution of movie, television and other entertainment content

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Colorworks

  • Sony Pictures Technologies' Colorworks is a full-service digital intermediate (DI) facility offering real-time, 4K processing in a full digital workflow for filmmakers from across the industry

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Last Updated May 2011