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Sony Pictures' studio chief Calley steps down

LOS ANGELES: Sony Pictures Chairman and Chief Executive John Calley will be stepping down after seven years in the top job of the studio.

Calley took this step in order to focus on producing films, the Sony Corp. unit said yesterday. The chief of the movie studio that made Spider-Man and other hits will remain on an operating committee that will oversee the company.

Columbia Pictures' Amy Pascal, Columbia TriStar Worldwide Marketing and Distribution President Jeff Blake and Sony Pictures Digital President Yair Landau will continue to manage the studio, Sony said.

Calley would remain on an operating committee for Sony Pictures Entertainment which reports to Sony Corp. of America Chairman and Chief Executive Howard Stringer.

Also on the committee are Blake, Landau, Pascal, Revolution Studios' Joe Roth and Rob Wiesenthal, Sony America's chief financial officer.

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