Change comes in waves at Sony Pictures, but the waves are fast. Just two days after Tom Rothman was announced as Amy Pascal’s replacement, the president of the studio’s digital division has been shown the door. Bob Osher’s exit after nearly seven years in the job over in Culver City wasn’t altogether unexpected. In emails leaked out from the massive hacking of Sony in November, the now recently reupped Michael Lynton hinted to now-departed Pascal that Osher should be departing. “I want to thank Bob for his 11 years of service and acknowledge the important role he played in strengthening the financial and operational foundation of SPDP,” said Lynton in an email to staff today announcing Osher’s departure.
Lynton had more news for the Digital Productions division too.
“Separately, we are making some operational changes to SPDP’s businesses in order to increase collaboration across the studio and unite teams that work closely together,” he added in today memo. “Imageworks will now be part of the Motion Picture Group. Post Production Services, Worldwide Product Fulfillment, Production Services, and Asset Management will now be aligned with both the Motion Picture Group and Sony Pictures Television. Randy Lake, Executive Vice President of SPDP, will continue in his new role leading the organization, reporting jointly to both the Television and Motion Picture Group.
Osher, the former co-president of production at Miramax, already had seen his realm reduced when Kristine Belson was brought in as President of Sony Pictures Animation last month. The animation unit had previously been in SPD’s rule. Belson came in just after Michelle Raimo Kouyate left her post as president of production after 4-years on January 23. Stained by the hacking crisis and a poor box office performance by the studio, Pascal was let go as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of the Motion Picture Group on February 5.
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Variety first reported the news of Osher’s firing.