Michael Lynton

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Michael Lynton
Born (1960-01-01) January 1, 1960 (age 54)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality American, British, German[1]
Occupation CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc.
Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment[2]
Spouse(s) Jamie Alter (3 children)

Michael Mark Lynton (born January 1, 1960) is an American businessman and the current chief executive officer of Sony Entertainment Inc. He also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Lynton, the son of Jewish émigrés who fled Nazi Germany, was born in London in 1960. He and his family moved to the United States for several years before moving to the Netherlands in 1969.[3] Lynton graduated from Harvard College with a BA in history and literature. After several years in finance at Credit Suisse First Boston, Lynton returned to Harvard, earning an MBA from Harvard Business School.[4][5]

He is a citizen of the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. Lynton speaks four languages: English, French, Dutch and German.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1987, Lynton joined The Walt Disney Company, where he started Disney Publishing. He subsequently served as President of Disney's Hollywood Pictures from 1992 to 1996. From 1996 to 2000, Lynton was chairman and chief executive officer of Pearson plc’s Penguin Group, extending the Penguin brand to music and the Internet.[6] In 2000, he joined Time Warner as CEO of AOL Europe, President of AOL International, and President of Time Warner International.[7]

Sony[edit]

In 2004, Lynton became chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). He leads SPE’s global operations, including motion pictures, television and digital content production and distribution, as well as home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, and the development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.[8]

In April 2012, Sony Corporation announced that Lynton would additionally hold the position of chief executive of Sony Entertainment Inc., overseeing all of Sony’s global entertainment businesses, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.[9]

Under the leadership of Lynton and Sony Pictures Co-Chair Amy Pascal, SPE’s Motion Pictures Group has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including recent Best Picture nominations for American Hustle, Captain Phillips, The Social Network, Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty.[10][11][12] Lynton and Pascal have overseen blockbuster movie franchises such as The Amazing Spider-Man™, Grown Ups, The Smurfs®, and James Bond.[13][14][15][16]

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]

Lynton also oversees Sony Pictures Television (SPT), which produces and distributes television programming for multiple platforms in the U.S. and around the world.[19] SPT’s popular and award-winning programs in the U.S. include scripted series such as Breaking Bad, Justified, and The Blacklist, reality series like Shark Tank, The Sing-Off and Re-Modeled, as well as top-ranked game shows and daytime dramas including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives. Launched in collaboration with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions, SPT’s The Dr. Oz Show is one of the most popular syndicated programs in America. The show’s format has already been exported to 19 countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Colombia, Chile, Brazil and China (where for the first time a Hollywood studio is producing a talk show for Chinese television).[20]

The studio's television channel network reaches approximately 800 million households globally through its 126 channel feeds in more than 150 countries. SPT is a leader in local language production around the world, producing shows in approximately 70 countries. SPT also operates Crackle, one of the top online video networks in the U.S.[21]

Lynton heads Sony’s global music businesses, including Sony Music Entertainment, the second largest global recorded music company, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the largest music publishing company in the world.[22][23][24]

Sony Music is comprised of 21 record labels, including Columbia Records, RCA and Epic Records, that collectively represent music from every genre and feature a roster of approximately 1,500 active artists.[25] Sony’s artists are some of the world’s biggest superstars and most iconic musicians, including Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Michael Jackson.[26]

Artists on the Sony Music label won 17 awards, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year, at the 56th Annual Grammys ceremony in January 2014.[27] The title track from the James Bond movie Skyfall, which Sony Pictures produced, received two awards, Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media.[28]

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.[29] Under Lynton, 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.[29]

Activities[edit]

Lynton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations[30] and the UK government's Film Policy Review group.[31] He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,[32] the Natural Resources Defense Council[33] and the American Film Institute,[34] as well as the boards of the USC School of Cinematic Arts,[35] and the Rand Corporation.[36]

In May 2012, the Harvard Alumni Association elected Lynton to the Harvard Board of Overseers.[37] Lynton joined the board of social media start-up Snapchat in June 2013.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Lynton resides in Los Angeles with his wife Jamie (Alter) and their three daughters.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Michael Lynton". Sony Pictures. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Brad A. Greenberg (October 4, 2007). "From Holland to Hollywood:Sony CEO Michael Lynton on his Jewish journey". The Jewish Journal. 
  4. ^ Elsa Bertet (September 6, 2007). "Michael Lynton timeline". Variety. 
  5. ^ "Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton to Head Federal Broadcasting Board of Governors". Reuters. February 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Robert S. Boynton (March 30, 1998). "The Hollywood Way". The New Yorker. 
  7. ^ "AOL Taps Lynton". Los Angeles Times. January 06, 2000. 
  8. ^ "Michael Lynton". Sony Pictures Entertainment. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Michael Lynton Re-Ups As CEO Of Sony Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. April 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ Ujala Sehgal (February 26, 2011). "OSCARS 2011: Here Are The Best Picture Nominees!". Business Insider. 
  11. ^ "Oscar nominations 2012: Is 'Moneyball' the best sports movie ever?". Los Angeles Times. January 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Oscars winners and nominees 2013: Complete list". Los Angeles Times. February 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT TO EXPAND THE SPIDER-MAN UNIVERSE ON SCREEN WITH ALL-STAR WRITING TEAM". Sony Pictures Entertainment. December 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ Steven Zeitchik (July 15, 2013). "'Grown Ups 2:' How did Adam Sandler buck his recent trend?". Los Angeles Times. 
  15. ^ Marc Graser (June 13, 2013). "Holy Smurf! Sony Locks Down $150 million in Promo Support for ‘The Smurfs 2′". Variety. 
  16. ^ Pamela McClintock (November 18, 2011). "Box Office Milestone: 'Skyfall' Reaches Franchise-Best $669.2 Million". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  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. ^ Ben Fritz and Alex Pham (March 22, 2012). "Sony is set to give its Hollywood studio chief a bigger role". Los Angeles Times. 
  20. ^ Bill Carter (September 22, 2010). "Sony Hopes for a Blockbuster as ‘Dr. Oz’ Format Goes to China". The New York Times. 
  21. ^ "WORLDWIDE NETWORKS". Sony Pictures Television. Retrieved April 11,2014. 
  22. ^ Peter Kafka (April 9, 2013). "Sony Re-Ups Movie, Music Boss Michael Lynton". All Things Digital. 
  23. ^ Alex Pham (June 29, 2012). "Sony completes EMI acquisition, creating largest music publisher". Los Angeles Times. 
  24. ^ Ed Christman (June 24, 2011). "Can Doug Morris Lead Sony Past Universal Music Group to Be the No. 1 Label?". Billboard. 
  25. ^ "Lables". Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Featured Artists". Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  27. ^ "56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". Grammy.com. January 26, 2014. 
  28. ^ Jim Vejvoda (January 27, 2014). "Adele Wins a Grammy for Skyfall". IGN. 
  29. ^ a b "A Greener World". Sony Pictures Entertainment . Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Membership Roster - Council on Foreign Relations". Cfr.org. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  31. ^ "U.K. Film Industry Gets Commercial Clarion Call From Prime Minister David Cameron". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-11-17. 
  32. ^ "Overview". LACMA. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  33. ^ "Board of Trustees". NRDC. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  34. ^ "AFI Board of Trustees". NRDC. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Board of Councilors". NRDC. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Board of Trustees". RAND. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  37. ^ "Board of Overseers election results". May 24, 2012. 
  38. ^ Sarah McBride (Jun 24, 2013). "Snapchat lands $60 million and new board member Michael Lynton". Reuters.