I’ve seen an internal memo that SPHE will now oversee worldwide digital distribution for the studio. This includes all sales and marketing activities for the distribution of product on iTunes, PlayStation Network, etc. Heading this will be Sean Carey, Senior EVP of Digital Distribution. His staff will be coming from Sony Pictures Television, where the digital distribution department was previously housed, and will include Joe Arancio, currently SVP of Digital Media, and SPHE’s Jason Spivak, currently SVP of Strategic Development. Also joining is Kara Bilkiss, VP of Mobile Entertainment, who will continue to oversee mobile gaming and applications, reporting to Carey.
But what I find really interesting is SPE’s own incredibly upbeat assessment of both the New Media and DVD biz: “What this does strategically for SPHE is to place us right in the center of a nascent but critical business which is growing quickly and has the potential of being an important revenue source for SPE,” the internal memo says. “This is not to say that digital distribution will replace package media. Rather, it will serve as a complement to the portfolio of titles and distribution options which we offer our customers worldwide. Our Blu-ray and DVD business is still robust and will be around for quite some time.”