SPE appoints Bob Osher as president of digital production

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, has announced Bob Osher as the president of its Digital Production division while Hannah Minghella will become president of production at Sony Pictures Animation.

The Digital Production division, formerly known as Sony Pictures Digital, is made of Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation.

"Bob‘s experience in production and finance, along with his strong background in animation, make him qualified to lead our Digital Production division. Staying ahead of the vast technological changes occurring in our industry has been a priority for Sony Pictures, and I know Bob will continue to make our visual effects and animation business grow," said SPE Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton.

Minghella currently serves as director of creative affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

"For the past three years, she‘s been a key part of my team, actively engaged in our creative process every step of the way. She‘s going to do a great job working in concert with the incredibly accomplished team of writers, artists and all who make Sony Pictures Animation such an exciting part of this studio," said SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal.

Minghella and Tim Sarnoff, president of Imageworks, will report to Osher who joined Sony Pictures in 2004. He has been chief operating officer of the Columbia Pictures Motion Picture Group, overseeing operations, business affairs and production-related film financing.

"Osher will continue to have oversight over his current areas of responsibility within the Motion Picture Group," confirmed Lynton.

Osher will replace Yair Landau, who leaves Sony Pictures to begin a new games and animation venture.

Sandra Rabins, who had been in charge of Sony Pictures Animation as SEVP, will return to her roots as a producer and continue working with Sony Pictures Animation in that capacity.

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