Sony vet Williams snares Lee Media post

Imageworks co-founder to head Netco, Mishra moves to Intl. Division

HOLLYWOOD — Stan Lee Media on Thursday tapped Ken Williams, an 18-year Sony vet and head of its digital studios division, as CEO.

Williams was co-founder of Sony Pictures Imageworks, the studio’s visual effects and animation studio. During his tenure at Sony, he also led the corporate financing division and was exec veepee of studio operations.

“I’m one of the people who can actually say they’ve had an extremely broad general management exposure to all aspects of the entertainment business,” Williams said. “But (with Stan Lee) I felt like I was looking at an opportunity to take a company that’s really ready to go.”

With Williams taking the lead, Stan Lee Media’s acting prexy and CEO, Devendra Mishra, will become prexy of Stan Lee Media’s International Division.

Internet ‘milestone’

“The addition of Ken to our team is a milestone not only for Stan Lee Media, but the Internet industry at large,” said Stan Lee. “One of Hollywood’s most respected digital convergence executives, Ken brings a wealth of experience and a track record for building technology-enabled enterprises.”

Williams joined Sony Picture Entertainment’s predecessor company, Columbia Pictures Industries, in 1982. Prior to that he was a banker at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he worked in the motion picture lending group.

Stan Lee Media has bowed two superhero franchises on the Web: “7th Portal,” which is slated to be turned into a movie by Mark Canton, and “The Accuser.”

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