Tom Bernard and Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics discuss the changes in watching content on streaming services versus a traditional theater experience at the Variety StudioThe Variety Studio at the Toronto Film Festival is presented by AT&T.
Sony Pictures Classics
With nearly four decades as a movie exec, Barker has demonstrated remarkable staying power as his films received a whopping 173 Oscar nominations, including best picture nods for “Call Me by Your Name,” “Whiplash,” “Amour,” “Midnight in Paris,” “An Education,” “Capote,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Howards End.” This year, his slate at Sony Pictures Classics, which he co-founded in 1992, features contenders such as Victor Kossakovsky’s “Aquarela,” Bart Freundlich’s “After the Wedding,” A.J. Eaton’s “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” Alex Holmes’ “Maiden,” Matt Tyrnauer’s “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” and Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory.” Previously, he was an executive at United Artists and co-founder of Orion Classics. This summer, he received the Force-of-Nature in Filmmaking Award from Sam Spiegel International Film Lab in Jerusalem.