Sony Pictures Entertainment has named Mitch Singer to the newly created post of chief technology officer.
Singer has been head of SPE’s digital policy group since 2001 and will continue to seek digital business opportunities and formats for the studio’s products in his new position.
“Sony Pictures wants to make entertainment available wherever, whenever and however audiences desire it,” said SPE chair Michael Lynton, “and that requires strategic investments, risk-taking and vision.”
Singer will report to Beth Berke, senior exec VP and chief administrative officer.
“He has an uncanny ability to protect the interests of content providers while finding common ground among the content, IT and electronic industries,” she said. “That is a crucial talent in bringing us to the next stage of digital distribution.”
Singer joined the company in 1990, serving in various capacities in its legal departments. In 1997 he was upped to senior veep and transferred to the intellectual property department, which in addition to dealing with copyright and trademark matters also was responsible for licensing content for new technologies.