Amy Pascal Renews Sony Deal
“Michael and I care deeply about the content Sony Pictures creates and we share a unified and committed vision towards the kinds of movies and television programming we want to make," Pascal said. "I am very lucky to have a boss in my corner like Howard. He has been a true champion of this studio and he put Michael and me together as partners, and for that alone, I will always be grateful. There could be no better collaborator, no savvier businessman and no greater friend as we lead Sony into the future. We are tremendously proud of what our employees all over the world have accomplished over the past several years. For the better part of this decade, we have enjoyed an outstanding level of success thanks to each member of our team who tirelessly supports the innovative storytellers and talent who bring our projects to screens and devices of every size. I know the best from Sony Pictures is still to come.”
The studio is currently poised to release James L. Brooks’ comedy How Do You Know, starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson; Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston; Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake; The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou and directed by Michel Gondry, Battle: Los Angeles; The Smurfs, a live-action/animated family comedy from Sony Pictures Animation,The Zookeeper, starring Kevin James; and in 2012, the next installment in the Spider-Man legend and a new chapter in the Men in Black franchise.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is only one of two studios to generate more than $1 billion in domestic box office sales for each of the past nine years. Since Pascal’s promotion to co-chairman of the studio in 2006, the studio has released an impressive array of box office hits, including such worldwide blockbusters as Spider-Man 3, The Pursuit of Happyness, Casino Royale, Superbad, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Step Brothers, Quantum of Solace, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Hancock, among others.
Under Lynton and Pascal’s leadership, Sony Pictures’ historic Culver City lot has expanded with buildings that house the studio’s television division as well as a new commissary and athletic club. A park area between the buildings has become a new “center of gravity” for the lot and a daily meeting place for employees. The buildings were recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification in recognition of the strict environmental standards that have been met in their construction and operation. This was one part of ongoing, studio-wide environmental initiatives set in motion by Pascal and Lynton.
Pascal joined Columbia Pictures in 1988, leaving the studio in 1994 to help build Turner Pictures as president of Production. During her first years at Columbia, she oversaw such memorable motion pictures as Groundhog Day, Little Women, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own. She rejoined Columbia Pictures in 1996 as president of the studio under John Calley.
Earlier in her career, Pascal was Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox in 1986-1987. Before joining Fox, Pascal began her career as a secretary working for legendary BBC producer Tony Garnett at Kestral Films, an independent production company affiliated with Warner Bros.
In addition to her creative achievements in filmed entertainment, Pascal serves on the AFI Board of Trustees as well as the Executive Board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She also has served on the Board of Directors at the Rand Corporation. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in International Relations in 1981.