Sony Entertainment, Inc., which was founded in 2012 to handle the company’s activities in cinema, television, and music, is the umbrella entertainment branch of the Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony and is run through its American subsidiary.
On March 30, 2012, Michael Lynton, who was at the time co-chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures, and Nicole Seligman, executive vice president and general counsel of Sony, were appointed to lead all of Sony’s international entertainment operations as CEO and president, respectively. Lynton’s contract with Sony was extended on April 9, 2013, and he was given the position of president of Sony Entertainment.
Seligman left the organization on February 18, 2016, but he continued to work there until March 31.
To become the chairman of Snap Inc., Lynton stated on January 13 that he was leaving his positions as CEO of Sony Entertainment and Sony Pictures and chairman of the latter. On May 11, 2017, Anthony Vinciquerra took over as the new chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures.
On December 19, 2016, a number of news organizations, including The New York Post, Complete Music Update, and TheStreet, reported that Sony was considering restructuring its American operations by merging Sony Pictures with Sony Interactive Entertainment. This would have put Sony Pictures under the leadership of Andrew House, the then-CEO of Sony Interactive, though House wouldn’t have taken over the day-to-day management of Sony Pictures.
However, in an interview with the latter source at the time, a Sony official strongly opposed any form of planned merger or restructuring of any of the Sony media companies.
On July 17, 2019, Sony announced a merger between Sony Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which became the “Sony Music Group” umbrella organization on August 1. Sony/ATV Music Publishing changed its name back to Sony Music Publishing on February 10, 2021.