Hannah Minghella, who has been president of TriStar Pictures since August 2015, has just renewed her contract with the studio. Sony wouldn’t comment on the length of the contract, but Deadline hears it’s for another three years. The announcement came with words of support from her boss, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group Chairman Tom Rothman, who called her “a rare jewel: wise, brave, classy, aggressive and smart as a whip.”
Minghella moved over to TriStar last year after serving as President of Production at Columbia Pictures in what was part of a realignment of executive staff at the studio. The move comes as Rothman looks to secure more support inside his studio.
Minghella, daughter of the late great filmmaker Anthony Minghella, has been at Sony for about 10 years. She is a well-liked executive who actually reads. Recently, under her tutelage, TriStar picked up the rights to the best-selling book The Alchemist and attached Angelina Jolie to Shoot Like a Girl, based on Maj. Mary Jennings Hegar’s upcoming memoir.
She has also overseen development and production on a bevy of films. Those, according to Sony, include such titles as Sausage Party, Concussion, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Zero Dark Thirty, The Equalizer, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, and Skyfall, the most successful James Bond film of all time.
Minghella initially joined Sony in 2005 as a director of creative affairs, working in the office of the chairman of the Motion Picture Group under Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chair Amy Pascal. In that role, she collaborated on several projects, including the production of the highly successful James Bond film Casino Royale.
In 2008, Minghella was named President of Production of Sony Pictures Animation and held that role for two years. During her tenure at SPA, Minghella launched three new franchises, with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs.
Prior to joining Sony, Minghella spent four years at Miramax Films in New York, where she served as a creative executive.