January 1, 1960 |
London, United Kingdom
|Nationality||American, British, German|
|Alma mater||Harvard College
Harvard Business School
|Occupation||CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc.
Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Michael Mark Lynton (born January 1, 1960) is a businessman and the current chief executive officer of Sony Entertainment Inc. He also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He comes from a Dutch-Jewish family and is a citizen of Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Early life and education
Lynton, the son of Jewish émigrés who fled Nazi Germany, was born in London in 1960. His parents, Marion and Mark Lynton, were executives at Hunter Douglas in the Netherlands. His father was born Max-Otto Ludwig Loewenstein in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1920 and moved to Berlin two years later when his father was named head of a major German car manufacturer. He enlisted in the British military, where he served for seven years and worked for the British Intelligence, interrogating German officers.
Lynton and his family moved to the United States for several years before moving to the Netherlands in 1969. He attended the International School of The Hague and transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy for his senior year, graduating in 1978. and received his BA in history and literature from Harvard College in 1982. After several years in finance at Credit Suisse First Boston, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987.
He is a citizen of the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. Lynton speaks four languages: English, French, Dutch and German.
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. In 2000, he joined Time Warner as CEO of AOL Europe, president of AOL International, and president of Time Warner International.
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.
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.
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. Lynton and Pascal have overseen blockbuster movie franchises such as The Amazing Spider-Man™, Grown Ups, The Smurfs®, and James Bond.
Sony Pictures is one of two movie studios to generate more than $1 billion in annual domestic box office sales for more than a decade. In 2012, the studio led the industry in market share and broke box office records with $4.4 billion in revenue worldwide.
Lynton also oversees Sony Pictures Television (SPT), which produces and distributes television programming for multiple platforms in the U.S. and around the world. 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).
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.
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.
Sony Music comprises 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. Sony’s artists are some of the world’s biggest superstars and most iconic musicians, including Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Michael Jackson.
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. 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.
Lynton and Pascal are dedicated to environmental sustainability at Sony Pictures. Sony is the 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. 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.
Lynton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the UK government's Film Policy Review group. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Film Institute, as well as the boards of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and the Rand Corporation.
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