John McMahon to oversee Europe division

John McMahon has been named managing director, Europe, at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

McMahon will oversee the studio’s DVD, Blu-ray and digital distribution operations for the region. He will also regularly communicate with other Sony Corp. divisions, including Sony Electronics, PlayStation, Sony Ericsson and Sony Music Entertainment.

McMahon, a nearly 20-year vet of the Sony family, will report to Matt Brown, SPHE executive VP international.

Most recently, McMahon served as president/managing director, Europe, at Sony Pictures Television. He is credited with driving significant revenue growth while in the post. McMahon first teamed with the company in 1990, as the theatrical division’s VP of international legal affairs.

“The home entertainment industry is a global business in transition as it incorporates new technologies from Blu-ray discs to mobile platforms, to digital distribution,” Brown said. “These developments, as well as the overall economic climate, present unique challenges. John brings to SPHE a strong reputation as a strategic thinker, a fresh perspective and an in-depth understanding of the international market.”

(Susanne Ault writes for Daily Variety sister publication Video Business.)

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