Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal join a very exclusive club. Its members include Walt Disney, Darryl F. Zanuck, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg. All are recipients of PGA’s Milestone Award, the guild’s highest honor in recognition of an individual or team that has made a historic contribution to the entertainment industry.
Maybe the duo should also get an award for being Hollywood’s most successful odd couple. Lynton grew up in the Netherlands and honed his financial skills on Wall Street. Pascal is a local who got her start at Fox working for producer Scott Rudin. She’s great at picking hit projects, while his forte is risk assessment.
Since being forcibly joined at the hip by Sony topper Howard Stringer in ’03, they’ve given other studios an impressive display of what real leadership looks like. Opposite sexes but equal partners, they’ve brought stability and success to Sony after the chaos of the early ’90s, expanded its global operations, developed new entertainment products and technologies, and racked up domestic and international hits like the “Spider-Man” franchise, “The Da Vinci Code,” “2012,” “Zombieland” and “District 9.”