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Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tom Rothman To Launch TriStar Productions

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Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tom Rothman To Launch TriStar Productions

Post by Katiedot on Fri Aug 02 2013, 12:46

Not sure if this is new news here? Posting as I'm wondering whether this in any way would affect George's deal with Sony:

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Joint venture will develop, finance and produce motion pictures and TV programming for worldwide distribution via Sony Pictures

CULVER CITY, Calif., August 01, 2013, --- Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and Tom Rothman will launch TriStar Productions on Sept. 1. The joint venture will augment the studio's output of motion pictures and television programming, it was jointly announced today by Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment and chairman and CEO of SPE, and Amy Pascal, co-chairman of SPE.

Sony Pictures will provide financing for the new entity and retain all distribution rights worldwide. Rothman will serve as chairman of TriStar Productions and have an equity interest in the venture. He will report directly to Lynton and Pascal.
TriStar Productions will have its own in-house creative production executives and strategic marketing capabilities while relying on Sony Pictures' infrastructure. TriStar Productions will be additive to the studio's pipeline of filmed entertainment, and is meant to be complementary to titles from Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. The TriStar Pictures banner will also be used, as it has in the past, for other product, including titles from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. The newly formed venture will have the ability to take on outside investments as well.

The new unit is slated to produce up to four films per year, all of which will be released under the TriStar Pictures banner. Additionally, TriStar Productions will develop television long form and series programming for Sony Pictures Television.

"In the late 80s, Amy and I worked together for Dawn Steel on the old Columbia Lot in Burbank," said Rothman. "I admired her hugely then and I admire her more now--she has a truly exceptional film mind. I have known and respected Michael just as long. Together they run a superb company, loaded with outstanding executives at every level, including Steve Mosko, with whom I share a special heritage. From working with both Fox 2000 and Searchlight for many years, I have seen how effective a diversified filmmaking strategy can be, and the opportunities today in television are obvious. As a fan of Hollywood history, I know TriStar has a noble name. I am honored that Michael and Amy would choose me to try to lead a new chapter in it and look forward to collaborating with all the great people at Sony, a truly terrific studio. It feels like coming home."

Rothman departed in January as chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment after 18 years at the company, where he oversaw all its filmmaking operations (including TCF, FOX 2000, Searchlight, Blue Sky Animation) and, starting in 2009, Twentieth Century Fox Television. Many of those years set profit records for Fox and his track record includes the two highest grossing films in cinematic history, over 40 billion in worldwide box office, more than 150 Academy Award nominations, three Best Picture winners and multiple Emmys. He previously headed the Samuel Goldwyn Company, worked at Columbia Pictures and was an entertainment lawyer and independent producer.

Forthcoming films from Sony Pictures include Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster from acclaimed writer-director Neill Blomkamp; The Mortal Instruments, directed by Harald Zwart from a screenplay by Jessica Postigo Paquette; One Direction: This Is Us, directed by Morgan Spurlock; Battle of the Year, directed by Benson Lee and written by Brin Hill and Chris Parker; Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the mouthwatering sequel to the 2009 hit; Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass from a screenplay by Billy Ray; Carrie, starring Chloƫ Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore and directed by Kimberly Peirce from a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; American Hustle, starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence, directed by David O. Russell and written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; and The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett, and directed by Clooney from a screenplay by Clooney & Grant Heslov.

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Re: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tom Rothman To Launch TriStar Productions

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Sat Aug 03 2013, 18:48

TriStar isn't exactly a new entity. It's been around as Columbia TriStar, a distribution division of Sony, for quite a while. It sounds like it's adding to its distribution functions, and going into actual acquisition and production.

Sounds like a good move, especially since television content is so hot and competitive now. I hope it opens up another avenue to spec writers. And I don't think it affects George and Smoke House -- unless Sony pushes its production deal to the new TriStar, which probably still wouldn't be a bad deal for George and Smoke House.

But I know only enough to be dangerous and pompous. If I knew more, I probably wouldn't have a response for you.

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Re: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tom Rothman To Launch TriStar Productions

Post by Katiedot on Sat Aug 03 2013, 20:46

Appreciate your sharing what you know - I couldn't make head nor tail of this!

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