Sony Pictures exec Gary Martin to retire

Soundstage to be renamed in honor of president of studio operations

Sony Pictures plans a rare honor for Gary Martin, who is both president of production administration for Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group and president of Sony Pictures Studios Operations.

The studio announced Tuesday that Martin will retire after 32 years at the studio and a soundstage will be renamed in his honor.

Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal said, “Gary is Sony Pictures and our studio operations. His leadership, grace and skill are unparalleled in our business. There is no one who comes close. … In his honor, we are dedicating our most storied soundstage — Stage 15.”

Martin will step down later this year after helping to choose his successor in both positions. Martin began his career at Fox in 1961 and came to Sony as a production manager in 1981. He has overseen physical and post-production on the lot since 1988. He added studio operations to his duties in 2003.

Stage 15, built in 1927, is one of the largest soundstages in the world. It was used for lensing “The Wizard of Oz” and, more recently, the “Spider-Man” and “Men in Black” franchises.