More Turmoil at Sony: Home Entertainment Chief David Bishop Out (EXCLUSIVE)

David Bishop Sony Home Entertainment
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Exec to depart in March; no replacement named

In the continuing management upheaval at Sony Pictures Entertainment, David Bishop, the studio’s president of home entertainment, is exiting in March.

Sony decided not to renew Bishop’s contract. The studio has yet to name a replacement.

This follows the recent firings of Sony marketing chief Marc Weinstock and publicity head Steve Elzer as the studio suffered a disappointing summer box office, with such financial flops as “After Earth,” “White House Down” and “Elysium.” The company recently indicated its intent to make fewer pictures and $250 million in overhead cuts and layoffs, in consultation with Bain & Co., to achieve greater financial discipline at the studio.

Sony has had success, however, thanks to adult-skewing releases “American Hustle” and “Captain Phillips,” which is produced by Michael De Luca, a recent hire by the studio to run its production division alongside Hannah Minghella.

If Sony looks to potential internal candidates to succeed Bishop, the studio has several high-ranking home entertainment execs to choose from, including Jim Underwood, Matt Brown and Lexine Wong. Mitch Singer, Sony’s chief technology officer and exec VP of new media and technology, is another possibility.

Consistent with all the studios, Sony has seen flagging results on the home entertainment front as physical discs balance their place in the market with newer digital distribution opportunities. In the company’s latest quarterly earnings report, Sony reported a loss of $181 million, which the studio attributed, in part, to a decline in home entertainment sales.

Bishop, who has been with the studio since 2006, said in a statement: “It’s  been a rewarding run at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and I am extremely proud of the organization and all we have accomplished in an exciting evolving marketplace.”

Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO for Sony Entertainment, commented on Bishop’s departure saying, “During his tenure, David played a tremendous role in building the home entertainment organization we have in place today: an innovative business that can compete aggressively in the evolving digital marketplace.

“We appreciate his many contributions to the company and wish  him well with his future endeavors,” Lynton added.

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  1. Tom says:

    Sony needs to address bigger bloody problems ..What has Amy achieved beyond a solitary Spiderman!!! Own up responsibilities and not find scapegoats !She has single handedly raped the studio( thats what happens when a cokehead is at the helm) . What is Kaaz Hirai and Lynton doing ? No growth ideas beyond useless costs and job cuts—-a strategy even a bloody moron can suggest . These are well paid execs , Show some spite , lead from the front and not hide and show some bloody brain to grow businesses. Ask people around – they will tell u what to do !

    • Jack says:

      agree with you . I also think Lynton should appoint savy non-industry chaps and not look at leftovers from a sinking ship ….one needs aggressive digitally skilled managers who can ramp up transactions businesses globally, not these abysmal quality senior management( SVP and above) masquerading as digital experts who are nothing but a mutual club of jackasses, looting the division hollow. David bishop’s entire leadership team needs to be axed on a priority else am afraid its just a matter of time before SPHE crumbles further and nothing will be left

  2. Alex says:

    Good News finally !! . Bad Leadership in his tenure , there are also his cronies sitting in LA and UK office who need to be shunted out on a priority . I also recommend that SPHE and SPT should merge for better economies of scale .

  3. EchoCharlie says:

    That place is INSANE. Agree with earlier posters. FIRE AMY!! Everyone knows she’s dead man walking anyway. Like anyone really believes that DeLuca is really going to report to DOUG (another guilty party) for very long. And don’t get me started on Hannah.

  4. Contessa46 says:

    Do they ever do focus groups? Lots of the films are really crappy! The story line is for the really simple minded. If you’re wondering why box office is down its because what you’re offering, we’re not buying! I’d rather see a mediocre film on Netflix but a film that at least 80% of the critics like, I’m on-line for a ticket to the big screen.

  5. Glenn C. says:

    They never ever should have made After Earth! Talk about greenlighting on star power alone! Plus add a dash of nepotism with Will Smith’s SON having to star in it too! Even from the trailer it looked bad. But there you go! Approved by Amy Pascal etc.!!!! But when it bombs lets cover our asses!!!! Fire the ones not so responsible!!!

  6. Glenn C. says:

    I love how they blame they blame and let go the WRONG people! Instead, fire the ones who actually greenlight those films to get made!!!! It all starts there. Those certain high up executives like Amy Pascal who says YES to making them! But what they end up doing is finding the scapegoats to take the fall! How cowardly and typical!

  7. Jim says:

    FIRE AMY PASCAL!!!! SPEAK-A-THE-ENGLISH?!!!!!!!

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