Sony Pictures Entertainment has let go of three president-level executives.
Andy Kaplan, President, World Wide Networks, SPE, Sheraton Kalouria, Chief Marketing Officer and Man Jit Singh, President, Home Entertainment, SPE leave the Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The International Channels Head, SPE, Andy Kaplan, Chief TV Marketing Officer, SPE, Sheraton Kalouria and SPE President, Home Entertainment, Man Jit Singh will step down from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
As reported by Variety, Keith Le Goy, Sony Pictures TV’s President of Distribution, will take on oversight of Home Entertainment, while Sony Pictures TV Chairman, Mike Hopkins will oversee the International Channels group, as well as, the Crackle streaming service and franchise management of Sony’s enduring game shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy.”
Le Goy will now have a dual report to Hopkins and Sony Motion Picture Group Chairman, Tom Rothman.
The goal of the revamp steered by Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman-CEO Tony Vinciquerra is to remove management layers and make the studio more nimble overall. Vinciquerra has been studying the studio’s organizational structure and looking for ways to adjust what he views as a top-heavy management hierarchy. The departure of Clint Culpepper last month from Sony’s Screen Gems film production unit was also part of this streamlining effort.
“Our decision to rethink the way we operate these units was driven by our goals to streamline SPE’s business operations, making them nimbler and better aligned with a rapidly-evolving industry,” Vinciquerra said in a company-wide memo.
According to the reports, the executive shuffle has been in the works for some time. But it comes to pass a few days after Sony Corp. in Tokyo surprised the industry, including those at Sony Pictures Entertainment, with a top management change of its own. Kazuo Hirai will step down as CEO as of April 1, handing the reins to Sony CFO Kenichiro Yoshida.
With Kaplan’s departure as president of Worldwide TV Networks, the regional heads of the channels group will report directly to Hopkins, the former Hulu and Fox Networks Group executive who joined the studio in October. Vinciquerra took up his post in June.
Kaplan had been with Sony and its affiliated companies for nearly 30 years. Kalouria joined the studio in 2010 after stints with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and NBC. Singh came into the fold in 2009, starting out as Head of its channel group in India. He was promoted to Head of Home Entertainment in 2014.
Vinciquerra expressed gratitude to the three departing executives in his memo and acknowledged that the changes would be an “adjustment” for studio staffers.
“They are important in our efforts to strengthen SPE overall and make it more agile and competitive in today’s fast-moving environment,” he wrote.
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