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Anthony Vinciquerra replaces Michael Lynton as Sony Pictures chairman, CEO

MUMBAI: Japanese consumer electronics and entertainment major Sony has announced that Anthony Vinciquerra will become Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) chairman, CEO with effect from 1 June. He will report to Sony president, CEO Kazuo Hirai.

Vinciquerra will replace SPE chairman, CEO Michael Lynton, who announced in January that he would step down this year.

Tony Vinciquerra Sony InsideVinciquerra will oversee the studio’s corporate groups and its lines of business: SPE’s Motion Picture Group, Sony Pictures Television and SPE’s Worldwide Media Networks division. However, unlike Lynton, he will not oversee the music division.

Vinciquerra comes to Sony Pictures with experience in the media, entertainment and tech spaces. He is currently senior advisor to Texas Pacific Group in the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors, where he has focused on TPG’s Capital, growth and opportunity investing arenas, as well as digital and emerging technologies and their impact on the distribution and consumption of film and TV content.

Prior to TPG, Vinciquerra spent almost 10 years at Fox where he served as chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, the largest operating unit of News Corporation. Before Fox, Vinciquerra was with Hearst Corporations broadcasting group and CBS’ television group.

“Tony’s breadth of experience spanning media, tech and entertainment will enable him to expertly lead SPE and its multi-faceted lines of business. After 13 extraordinary years, I know SPE, its strengths and its culture, and I am confident that Tony will make a terrific leader who will take the studio to new heights” said Lynton.

In March ‘Deadline’ had reported that Hirai had been taking meetings with a number of other executives on a list of possibles. Those included Fox Networks Group chairman, CEO Peter Rice; former Disney COO Thomas Staggs although Deadline wondered if the Sony job was big enough for him; and former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar which was seen as a long shot.

Prior to his time at TPG, Vinciquerra spent almost 10 years at Fox (2001-2011) where he served as chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, the largest operating unit of News Corporation that includes the Fox Television Network, Fox Cable Networks, Fox Sports, Fox International Channels, the related on-line businesses of those units and Fox Networks Engineering & Operations. He managed all operations, both tactically and strategically, of those units. He also had oversight of the News Corporation ownership interests in professional baseball, basketball, hockey teams, large scale arenas and concert venues.