Amy Pascal

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Amy Pascal
Born Amy Beth Pascal
(1958-03-25) March 25, 1958 (age 56)
United States
Occupation Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and Chairman of SPE's Motion Picture Group[1]
Spouse(s) Bernard Weinraub (1 child)

Amy Beth Pascal (born March 25, 1958) is an American businesswoman. She is the co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and Chairman of SPE's Motion Picture Group.[1] As of 2014, she was ranked as the 28th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[2]


Pascal started her career as a secretary working for Tony Garnett, the legendary BBC producer, at independent production company Kestrel Films.[3] From 1986 to 1987, she served as Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox.[4]


Pascal joined Columbia Pictures in 1988, where she was responsible for the development of many memorable films, including: Groundhog Day, Little Women, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own.[5] She left Columbia in 1994 and served for two years as the President of Production for Turner Pictures.[6] Pascal rejoined Columbia in 1996 as the studio’s President.[7]

Pascal was named Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment in September 2006.[8] She has also served as Chairman of SPE’s Motion Picture Group since December 2003.[9] Pascal and SPE’s Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton lead all of SPE’s lines of business, including: motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.[10]

Under Pascal’s leadership, SPE’s Motion Picture Group has enjoyed both critical and box office success. In 2014, SPE motion pictures were recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with 21 Oscar nominations, including two in the Best Picture category.[11] At the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, SPE’s motion picture and TV projects received 26 nominations and won seven awards, more than any other studio.[12]

Pascal has overseen the production and distribution of some of the most profitable movies of recent years, including: the Spider-Man franchise; the James Bond films Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, the first Bond film to gross over one billion dollars at the worldwide box office;[13] The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons; Sony Pictures Animation’s The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Hotel Transylvania; and Best Picture Oscar nominees American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball and The Social Network.[14][15][16]

Under Pascal’s leadership, Sony Pictures is one of only two movie studios to generate more than $1 billion in annual domestic box office sales for more than a decade.[17] In 2012, the studio led the industry in market share and broke box office records with $4.4 billion in revenue worldwide.[18]

Pascal, along with Lynton, also oversees Sony Pictures Television (SPT), which produces and distributes television programming for multiple platforms in the U.S. and internationally.[19] In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series, and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms.[20]

SPT’s worldwide media networks include 126 channel feeds available in more than 150 countries, reaching more than 800 million households worldwide.[21] Popular channel brands include AXN, Animax, and SET (Sony Entertainment Television), as well as the studio’s ad-supported VOD service, Crackle, now available in 22 countries.[22]

Lynton and Pascal are dedicated to environmental sustainability at Sony Pictures. Sony is the first and only studio certified under the standards of ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. The duo led the development of two Green Building Council Leadership in Engineering and Design (LEED) certified buildings on the studio’s Culver City lot. SPE has received numerous honors from the Environmental Media Association for sustainable filmmaking as well as community recognition from TreePeople and Habitat for Humanity for its green practices and volunteerism.[23]

Activities and awards[edit]

Pascal has been recognized within the entertainment industry for her contribution. In 2001, she was honored with the Women in Film’s Crystal Award, which recognizes those whose work has helped to expand the role of women in the entertainment industry.[24]

Pascal has been included in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 list and Forbes’ ranking of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.[25][26] As of 2014, she was ranked at #28, up from #36 in 2013.[2]

In 2013, Pascal was elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Pascal resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She graduated from UCLA in 1981 with a degree in International Relations.[28]


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  2. ^ a b "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Tim Arango (October 24, 2009). "Sony’s Version of Tracy and Hepburn". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Nikki Finke (December 7, 2010). "Sony Reups Amy Pascal For 5 More Years". Deadline Hollywood. 
  5. ^ "Amy Pascal Extends Long-Term Employment Agreement With Sony Pictures". Sony Pictures. December 7, 2010. 
  6. ^ Alan Citron (August 25, 1994). "Pascal Named President of Production at Turner". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Elsa Bertet (September 6, 2007). "Amy Pascal timeline". Variety. 
  8. ^ Michael White (September 6, 2006). "Sony Names Pascal Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Unit (Update1)". Bloomberg. 
  9. ^ Nikki Finke (March 4, 2007). "SONY'S AMY PASCAL TO BE HONORED AT OPENING NIGHT GALA". Films News and Views. 
  10. ^ James Gilmore (October 7, 2009). "PGA Honors Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal with Milestone Award". Producers Guild of America. 
  11. ^ Tracy Brown (March 2, 2014). "Oscars 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners". Los Angeles Times. 
  12. ^ THE DEADLINE TEAM (January 12, 2014). "Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List". Deadline Hollywood. 
  13. ^ Pamela McClintock (December 30, 2012). "Box Office Milestone: Daniel Craig's 'Skyfall' Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  14. ^ Ujala Sehgal (February 26, 2011). "OSCARS 2011: Here Are The Best Picture Nominees!". Business Insider. 
  15. ^ "Oscar nominations 2012: Is 'Moneyball' the best sports movie ever?". Los Angeles Times. January 24, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Oscars winners and nominees 2013: Complete list". Los Angeles Times. February 25, 2013. 
  17. ^ Nikki Finke (July 29, 2012). "Sony Pictures Hits $1B Domestic Grosses". Deadline Hollywood. 
  18. ^ Pamela McClintock (January 2, 2013). "Sony Pictures No. 1 in 2012 Worldwide Box Office Market Share". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  19. ^ Bernard Orr (December 7, 2010). "Sony extends contract of studio head Amy Pascal". Reuters. 
  20. ^ "Sony Pictures Television". Sony Pictures Television. July 29, 2012. 
  21. ^ "WORLDWIDE NETWORKS". Sony Pictures Television. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ "'Cars' Collides With 'Seinfeld' In A Special Post-Super Bowl Edition Of "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee"". PR Newswire. February 2, 2014. 
  23. ^ "A Greener World". Sony Pictures Entertainment. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Past Recipients Crystal Award". Women in Film. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  25. ^ THR Staff (December 7, 2011). "THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  26. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  27. ^ Gregg Kilday (July 15, 2013). "Film Academy's New Board of Governors Includes Sony's Amy Pascal and Filmmaker Alex Gibney". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  28. ^ Daniel Miller (January 15, 2014). "Sony Pictures' awards season takes pressure off Amy Pascal". Los Angeles Times. 

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