Doug Belgrad Stepping Down as Sony Motion Picture President

Sony Motion Picture President Doug Belgrad
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Long-time Sony executive Doug Belgrad plans to step down as president of the studio’s Motion Picture Group, sources confirmed.

Belgrad came to Sony in 1989 and has survived through multiple administrations, including the arrival last year of Tom Rothman as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group.

Belgrad had been among the frontrunners for the chairman’s job when Amy Pascal stepped down last year, following the scandal over the hack of the company’s computers, and revelations that Pascal made racially-charged statements. But Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton instead chose Rothman to head the studio.

Belgrad, 50, made the move of his own volition, the sources said. They said he plans to stay through the summer, past the opening of “Ghostbusters” and after the studio has solidified its slate heading into 2017.

News about Belgrad’s exit comes one day after Steve Mosko stepped down as the head of Sony’s television unit, after reportedly clashing with Sony entertainment’s top executive, Lynton. One Sony executive said the Belgrad departure was unconnected to Mosko’s exit.

Belgrad had served as the top deputy to Pascal and was well liked on the Culver City lot, where the one-time securities analyst was known for his financial acumen and steady management style, which won him many allies, both on the lot and among the studio’s producing partners.

It’s expected that Belgrad will shift into a producing deal with the studio.

More to come.

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  1. Berke Zane says:

    They most definitely are selling but it’s funny faced with Ghostbusters, maybe they just want a bit of distance between them and the stench.

  2. anon says:

    What is going on at sony. It’s like they are all leaving!!!

  3. EricJ says:

    “They said he plans to stay through the summer, past the opening of ‘Ghostbusters'”

    …But you notice he announced his departure BEFORE it opened.

  4. John says:

    Sony’s preparing to sell the studio to a Chinese buyer, from there Li Chow will take over to run the studio. Rothman’s days are numbered.

  5. Angela says:

    Fear is the mind killer

  6. nobody important says:

    Sony’s film division almost seems to be in a state of crisis. I think that Sony needs to unload their film business on someone else, because they don’t have much to offer.

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