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Bob Osher sacked from Sony Pictures

Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions (SPDP) has just recently been fired from the company. Osher, who was being paid a whopping $1.25 million annually, was in charge of Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) and Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) for over seven years. In the meantime, group executive vice president, Randy Lake, will replace Osher as head of SPDP.

Osher has enjoyed a lucrative career in the entertainment industry and has held the position of president of the digital production division of Sony Pictures Entertainment since 2008. He joined the Sony Pictures team in 2004 as COO of the Columbia Pictures Motion Picture Group. Prior to joining Sony, he held the post of co-president of production for Miramax and the post of co-founder and executive vice president of Turner Pictures Group where he co-headed Turner Feature Animation. Back in the 1990s he worked at Walt Disney Studios.

Amy Pascal

Amy Pascal

Osher’s sacking is no shocker, as it comes in the aftermath of the scandalous Sony hackattack. One of the compromised emails revealed in December mentioned that Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman, told Amy Pascal that Osher would need to be dismissed. Osher’s dismissal comes just after Amy Pascal also got the ax. Leaked emails revealed that Pascal had indulged in derogatory and racist banter with movie producer, Scott Rudin, and made inappropriate references to President Barack Obama.

In February, Sony brought Kristine Belson on board, and she will now be responsible for the Animation Division, a department that is no longer a part of Digital Productions.

Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman, Michael Lynton, issued the following letter to Sony’s staff:

I wanted to share with you some news about changes to Sony Pictures Digital Productions (SPDP).

Bob Osher, currently President of SPDP, has decided to leave the studio to pursue other interests. I want to thank Bob for his 11 years of service and acknowledge the important role he played in strengthening the financial and operational foundation of SPDP, including launching successful franchises for Sony Pictures Animation (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Smurfs and Hotel Transylvania) as well as turning Sony Pictures Imageworks into a profitable leading visual-effects company. Please join me in thanking him for his many contributions and wishing him the best in his future endeavors.

MichaelLynton

Michael Lynton

Separately, we are making some operational changes to SPDP’s businesses in order to increase collaboration across the studio and unite teams that work closely together. Imageworks will now be part of the Motion Picture Group. Post Production Services, Worldwide Product Fulfillment, Production Services, and Asset Management will now be aligned with both the Motion Picture Group and Sony Pictures Television. Randy Lake, Executive Vice President of SPDP, will continue in his new role leading the organization, reporting jointly to both the Television and Motion Picture Group.”

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