15 Facts About Sony Pictures


Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment studio conglomerate that produces, acquires, and distributes filmed entertainment through multiple platforms.

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In early December 1987, former Coke EBS vice president Kenneth Lemberger had exited the post to join Tri-Star Sony Pictures, displacing Roger Faxon, who had joined Columbia Sony Pictures as senior vice president of the studio.

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On September 28,1989, Sony Pictures obtained an option to purchase all of The Coca-Cola Company's stock in CPE for $27 per share.

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The next day, Sony Pictures announced that it reached an agreement with Guber-Peters Entertainment Company, Inc to acquire CPE for $200 million when Sony Pictures hired Peter Guber and Jon Peters to be its co-chairmen.

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The lawsuit would be subsequently dropped when Sony Pictures sold half-interest in Columbia House and cable distribution rights to Columbia's feature films, TV movies, and miniseries to Warner Bros.

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On October 31,1989, Sony Pictures completed a friendly takeover bid for the rest of shares of CPE, which was a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and acquired 99.

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On November 8,1989, Sony Pictures completed the acquisition by a "short-form" merger of its wholly owned subsidiary Sony Pictures Columbia Acquisition Corporation into CPE under the Delaware General Corporation Law.

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Sony Pictures completed a tender offer for shares of common stock of the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company on November 6,1989, and acquired the company 3 days later.

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In July 2000, a marketing executive working for Sony Corporation created a fictitious film critic, David Manning, who gave consistently good reviews for releases from Sony subsidiary Columbia Pictures that generally received poor reviews amongst real critics.

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Sony Pictures later pulled the ads, suspended Manning's creator and his supervisor and paid fines to the state of Connecticut and to fans who saw the reviewed films in the US.

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On November 18,2012, Sony Pictures announced it has passed $4 billion with the success of releases: Skyfall, The Amazing Spider-Man, 21 Jump Street, Men in Black 3, Hotel Transylvania, Underworld: Awakening, The Vow, and Resident Evil: Retribution.

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The deal allowed Sony Pictures to distribute and have creative control on any MCU film where Spider-Man is the main character, while Disney will distribute MCU films where Spider-Man appears without being the main character.

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In February 2022, Sony Pictures signed a deal with WarnerMedia Europe to stream its theatrical films on HBO Max for Central and Eastern Europe countries.

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Later the same week, five of Sony Pictures' movies were leaked, including some not yet released, as well as confidential data about 47,000 current and former Sony employees.

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On December 17,2014, Sony Pictures cancelled the previously planned December 25 release of The Interview in response to hacker threats.

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