Nicole Seligman, who was recruited by former CEO Howard Stringer to be the company’s general counsel and was named president of Sony Entertainment in May 2014, is leaving the company, Deadline has confirmed. She will exit at the end of March and will not be replaced, we’re told.
Seligman has said to friends internally that she felt her talents could be better used elsewhere. She had been overseeing corporate communications and also legal issues (there is a class-action suit going on right now on the Sony hack). She was credited with getting the company through the corporate computer hacking scandal that embroiled the studio and led to the departure of its Motion Picture Group chairman Amy Pascal as well as overseeing the big move in New York for the company.
She had a dual reporting structure — to Sony’s Japanese head Kazuo Hirai as president of Sony Corp of America and to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton stateside. Seligman was at Sony for a total of 15 years and soldiered through several regime changes. She was there in 2004 when Lynton was brought in by Stringer to run the studio. In fact, Stringer hired Seligman in 2001 as EVP of Sony Corp. of America and she was later named President of Sony Corp of America and Sony Entertainment.
Seligman is a well-known attorney in D.C. circles as well, having repped President Clinton during his impeachment hearings over the Monica Lewinsky affair and Oliver North in the Iran-Contra hearings. Variety first reported her exit.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.