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PGA Honors Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal with Milestone Award

Wednesday, October 7, 2009  
Posted by: James Gilmore
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LOS ANGELES (September 2009) - The Producers Guild of America (PGA), a national non-profit trade group committed to protecting the rights and credits of producers in film, television and new media, announced today that Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, will receive the 2010 Milestone Award. The Milestone Award will be presented to Lynton and Pascal at the 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium.

The Milestone Award is the Guild’s highest honor in recognition of an individual (or team) who has made an historic contribution to the entertainment industry. The award is presented at the annual PGA Awards ceremony. Last year, the PGA’s Milestone Award was given to the Imagine Entertainment producing team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Previous recipients of the award include such luminaries as Walt Disney, Darryl F. Zanuck, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sherry Lansing, Clint Eastwood, Bob Daly and Terry Semel, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Meyer, and Alan Horn. In 1990, the PGA held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002.

"Michael’s and Amy’s strong stewardship of Sony Pictures Entertainment has been exemplary, providing the studio with precisely the kind of stability, consistency and creativity the producing profession relies upon to do its best work,” said PGA President Marshall Herskovitz. "Michael and Amy are respected industrywide for their leadership as well as their creative instincts and given the success Sony Pictures has enjoyed for the better part of this decade, we are proud to recognize their contributions to our profession with the Guild’s highest honor.”

Lynton and Pascal manage Sony Picture Entertainment’s overall global operations, which include the studio’s motion picture division, television and digital content production and distribution, home entertainment acquisition and distribution, the operation of studio facilities, and the development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.

Under the leadership of Lynton and Pascal, Sony Pictures Entertainment has enjoyed success with 6 #1 hit films to date in 2009 including Angels & Demons, Obsessed, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Zombieland and District 9. This year, the studio also released such hits as Julie & Julia and The Ugly Truth. Upcoming films from Sony Pictures include Michael Jackson’s This Is It, and Roland Emmerich’s 2012. Sony Pictures Television produces such successful programming as Breaking Bad, Rules of Engagement, Damages and Community. The division has top ranked game shows and daytime dramas, including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives. In conjunction with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, the division recently launched The Dr. Oz Show.

Internationally, the studio owns over 50 cable and satellite networks and 114 channel feeds, broadcasting in 21 languages into 130 countries reaching 400 million homes worldwide. Sony Pictures Television is also becoming a leader in light entertainment, which includes games, variety and reality shows, and operates Crackle, which is one of the top six online video networks.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment continues to be one of the leaders in DVD and Blu-ray Disc distribution in the world, and is rapidly expanding its digital distribution business. Sony Pictures Digital Productions is home to Imageworks, the only major studio Academy Award-winning in-house visual effects unit, and Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, released in 3D two weeks ago, debuted at #1 and continues to generate strong boxoffice results.

Sony Pictures has also been an industry leader in the production of local language movies and television shows, the creation and distribution of mobile entertainment, efforts to combat piracy and the digitization of its large library of entertainment.

By focusing on digital innovation, worldwide growth, content diversity and financial discipline, Lynton and Pascal have led the studio through an era of stability and success, putting Sony Pictures on the cutting edge of an industry experiencing rapid technological and global change. Additionally, Under Lynton and Pascal’s leadership, the studio has increased its efforts in environmental sustainability and community involvement.