Sony Pictures Classics

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Sony Pictures Classics
Type Division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
Industry Entertainment
Founded Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (1992)
Headquarters New York City, New York, USA
Key people Michael Barker, Co-President
Tom Bernard, Co-President
Products Motion pictures
Owners Sony
Employees 25[1]
Parent Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Classics is an art-house, "independent" film division of Sony Pictures Entertainment founded in December 1992 by former Orion Classics heads Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, and Marcie Bloom (similar to Fox Searchlight Pictures and Focus Features).[2] It distributes, produces and acquires specialty films (especially of documentaries, independent films and art films) from the United States and around the world. As of 2012, Barker and Bernard are co-presidents of division.

Sony Pictures Classics has a history of making reasonable investments for small films, and getting a decent return.[2][3][4] It has a history of not overspending.[2][5] Its largest commercial success in recent years is Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which grossed over $56 million in USA and became Woody Allen's highest-grossing film ever in the USA.

Sometimes, Sony Pictures Classics would agree to release some films for all other departments of Sony. But under Sony Pictures Classics' contract with Sony, all other departments of Sony (including the parent company) can't force Sony Pictures Classics to release any film it does not want to release.[2][6]

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  • Mongrel Media, the exclusive Canadian distributor for Sony Pictures Classics


  1. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics Bosses Shop Cannes Quality - ABC News". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d Thompson, Anne (2006-10-17). "Sony Pictures Classics at 15". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 'They stay behind the films and manage to find a significant core audience for a large number of them, with the occasional $130 million blowout like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' [former United Artists president Bingham] Ray says. 'But they spend a fraction of what a major studio would spend to get the same number. Their philosophy is not to pile a lot of money on everything. They run a tight ship; they don't have an army of people working for them. They keep things simple.' 
  3. ^ Pond, Steve (2009-11-16). "Sony Classics' Embarrassment of Oscar Riches". Retrieved 2010-07-28. It doesn't release blockbusters or Best Picture winners, but its understated business plans reduce risk and keep it in business. 
  4. ^ Kaufman, Anthony (2008-01-29). "PARK CITY '08 | Sundance Buying Spree Stirs Talk; Sony Classics Adds "Baghead," "River," and "Wackness" to '08 Slate". indieWIRE. Retrieved 2012-02-09. As Bernard explained, 'We're not looking for home runs; we're looking for singles and doubles.' [...] The tortoise-rather-than-the-hare strategy helped the company capture movies that were under the radar of buyers, and as Bernard argued, even sellers. 
  5. ^ "Duncan Jones is Unhappy About Moon - Thompson on Hollywood". 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-07-28. SPC had nothing to do with the DVD release, which Jones is unhappy about. 
  6. ^ Ross, Matt (2006-02-06). "Translating foreign pix to U.S. hits: SPC finds creative solutions to bring home best in overseas fare". Variety. 
  7. ^ Barraclough, Leo (2014-05-24). "CANNES: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Palme d'Or Frontrunner 'Leviathan' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
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