Harris takes reins of Col/TriStar homevid

Sony Pictures Entertainment has turned over the reins of Columbia TriStar Home Video to Sony Pictures Entertainment TV Group president Mel Harris, sources said Monday.

The move significantly expands Harris’ reach in the SPE empire, following 22 months in charge of Columbia Pictures TV, TriStar TV and the syndication wing Columbia Pictures Television Distribution.

Harris will continue to run those companies in addition to Col TriStar Home Video.

Previously, reporting responsibilities for the video wing fell directly under the aegis of SPE president and chief operating officer Alan Levine. The switch to Harris was made in order to further integrate operations into the television group. Harris reports to Levine.

Harris’ appointment has been in the works for four weeks. In anticipation of the move, Harris held a walk-through of the vid operations in late October. In ad-dition, Col TriStar Home Video president Pat Campbell and other senior-level homevid management were apprised of the corporate change during closed-door meetings with Harris.

An industry stalwart, Harris was in charge of homevideo operations when he was at Paramount Pictures. He replaced Columbia Pictures TV chairman Gary Lieberthal in February 1992.

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