Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has appointed former Fox Networks Group boss Anthony Vinciquerra as chairman and CEO, replacing the outgoing Michael Lynton.
In the new role, Vinciquerra (pictured) will lead the studio’s corporate groups and its business, including SPE’s Motion Picture Group, Sony Pictures Television and SPE’s Worldwide Media Networks division. He will report into Sony Corporation president and CEO Kazuo Hirai when he joins the company on June 1.
Lynton, meanwhile, revealed in January that he would be departing the media giant this spring, after 13 years with the company.
Vinciquerra joins Sony from investment firm Texas Pacific Group where he currently serves as senior advisor in the technology, media and telecom sectors.
Prior to TPG, Vinciquerra spent nearly a decade at Fox, serving as chair and CEO of Fox Networks Group before exiting in 2011. During his tenure, Vinciquerra was responsible for managing all operations of Fox Television Network, Fox Cable Networks, Fox Sports and Fox International Channels.
Vinciquerra also held senior roles with Hearst Communications and CBS, as well as Boston’s WBZ-TV and Philadelphia’s KYW-TV.
“Tony is a proven, results-oriented leader with extensive experience running and driving growth in large, complex media and entertainment businesses,” said Hirai in a statement. “His operating skills, effectiveness working with creative teams and expertise in managing digital disruption and new technologies make him the perfect choice to lead SPE, and build on the studio’s turnaround efforts to date.
“I want to thank Michael for his years of service and dedication to the success of our entertainment businesses, and for his commitment to our CEO search and this transition.”