Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
(as Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group)|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Headquarters||Culver City, California, U.S.|
|Parent||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
The Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group (commonly known as the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group and formerly known as the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group until 2013 and abbreviated as SPMPG) is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment to manage its motion picture operations. It was launched in 1998 by integrating businesses of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and TriStar Pictures, Inc. 
The Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group was launched in 1998 as the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, as a current division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, owned by Sony. It also has many of Sony Pictures's current motion picture divisions as part of it. Its divisions at that time were Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Triumph Films, Sony Pictures Classics, and Sony Pictures Releasing.
On December 8, 1998, SPE resurrected its former animation and television division Screen Gems as a film division of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group that has served several different purposes for its parent companies over the decades since its incorporation.
In 2002, Columbia TriStar Television was renamed as Sony Pictures Television. The last two remaining companies, with the "Columbia TriStar" brand in its name, were Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, and the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment became Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2004 and Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group became the only subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment that used the "Columbia TriStar" brand name in its name.
In October 2013, Sony Pictures renamed its motion picture group as the "Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group". Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks were moved from Sony Pictures Digital to its motion picture group.
On June 2, 2016, Doug Belgrad had announced to step down as president of the SPMPG and will transition his role as producer at the studio. Belgrad was promoted as president of the SPMPG back in 2014.
Production and distribution deals
Sony Pictures Releasing
|Columbia TriStar Film Distributors and Columbia TriStar Pictures (1999-2005)|
|Headquarters||10202 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, United States|
|Services||Film distribution and marketing|
Sony Pictures Releasing (also known as Sony Pictures Releasing International outside North America, and formerly known as Columbia TriStar Film Distributors, and Columbia TriStar Pictures) is an American film distributor owned by Sony. Established in 1994 as a successor to Triumph Releasing Corporation, the company handles theatrical distribution, marketing and promotion for films produced and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Animation, among others. It is a member of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.
- Village Roadshow Pictures (2001, 2014–present)
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (2011–2016)
- LStar Capital and CitiBank (2014–2017)
- Cross Creek Pictures (2015–present)
|Five Little Peppers||1939-1940|
|The Karate Kid||1984-present|
|Men in Black||1997-present|
|I Know What You Did Last Summer||1997-2006|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||2009-present|
|Marvel Cinematic Universe||2017-present|
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