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After Steve Mosko, Doug Belgrad too quits Sony

MUMBAI: After Steve Mosko, it is now the turn of another longtime executive to leave Hollywood media conglomerate Sony. This time, though, it is from the film division.

Doug Belgrad has stepped down as the Motion Picture Group president. He was in the role for two years.

Belgrad joined Sony back in 1989 and has been with it for 27 years.

A report in ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ noted that Belgrad, who has held the number two post in the studio’s film group since 2014, was considered a top candidate to succeed Amy Pascal when she gave up her role as chairman in 2015.

But Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Michael Lynton instead put former 20th Century Fox chief Tom Rothman in charge of the studio’s film operations as its motion picture group chairman.

Belgrad, having played a role in setting up the studio’s 2016 and 2017 slates, likely will now segue into a producing deal with the studio sometime after the release of ‘Ghostbusters’ in July.

Sony currently ranks last out of the six major studios in terms of US ticket sales so far this year, according to Box Office Mojo.

Sony has had box office success recently with ‘The Angry Birds Movie’. However it has also had flops like ’The Brothers Grimsby’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’.