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Sony’s ‘Popeye’ Loses Director Genndy Tartakovsky

14 March 2015 2:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It looks like Genndy Tartakovsky won’t be directing Sony’s adaptation of “Popeye,” after all.

The director told Moviefone that he’s “off that project” essentially over a difference of opinion in the direction the movie was headed. However, the film is still in active development, according to Sony Pictures Animation.

“I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don’t know if they want to make the ‘Popeye’ that I want to make,” he told Moviefone. “So they’ve got to make a decision.”

Those changes include Tom Rothman stepping in as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment following Amy Pascal’s ousting. Sony Pictures Digital president Bob Osher was fired soon thereafter, and DreamWorks Animation producer Kristine Belson was hired to take a newly created post as president of Sony Pictures Animation in two other shakeups following the Sony hacking attack. »

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Tartakovsky Drops Out Of "Popeye" Movie

13 March 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Genndy Tartakovsky has revealed that he's no longer involved with the CG animated feature reboot of the "Popeye" franchise at Sony Pictures.

Speaking with Moviefone in the wake of the premiere of the trailer for his "Hotel Transylvania" sequel opening later this year, the director says he's no longer a part of the film about the iconic spinach-guzzling sailor due to internal changes at the studio:

"Popeye, at least, we put up a great screening, everybody really liked that sizzle, we got a positive reaction. I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don't know if they want to make the Popeye that I want to make. So they’ve got to make a decision…It was hard to let Popeye go, but that's the business."

One of the big changes is that Sony Pictures Digital Productions president Bob Osher is out, »

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Sony Pictures Entertainment Digital Head Bob Osher Exits: Read the Memo

26 February 2015 2:33 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures Digital Productions chief Bob Osher has been fired, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Sony Pictures Digital Productions (Spdp) is comprised of Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Post Production Services, Worldwide Product Fulfillment, Studio Operations and Asset Management. Also Read: Oscars 2015 Winners Gallery: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest,’ Eddie Remayne, Julianne Moore (Photos) The newest shakeup at Sony comes just days after Tom Rothman was named as Amy Pascal‘s successor as chairman of the studio’s Motion Pictures Group. In January, Sony hired Kristine Belson to be President of Sony Pictures Animation, taking the division out from under the Spdp. »

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Sony Shake-Up Continues: Digital Chief Out

26 February 2015 2:27 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bob Osher, the head of Sony Pictures Digital, has been let go, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The move was months in the making and likely not a surprise to astute Sony watchers. That it happened the same week as Tom Rothman taking the reins from fired Amy Pascal shows that Sony is in full housecleaning mode. Osher has been with the studio since 2004. In 2008, he was named president of the digital production division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. As digital president, he ran Sony Pictures Animation and Imageworks. But in recent months, there were many signs that shifts

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Sony Pictures Fires Digital Chief Bob Osher (Exclusive)

26 February 2015 2:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Digital president Bob Osher, who oversaw Sony Animation and Imageworks for the past seven years, has been fired, according to knowledgeable sources.

Thursday’s firing comes amid an ongoing shakeup at the studio. On Tuesday, Tom Rothman was named chairman of its motion picture group in a surprise move that followed the Feb. 5 ouster of Amy Pascal as co-chair of the Culver City-based studio.

In conjunction with Osher’s departure, Sony is restructuring the digital operations he led. Imageworks, its character animation and visual effects arm, will now be folded into the company’s motion picture group. Post-production services, worldwide product fulfillment, production services and asset management will be infused into both the motion picture group and Sony Pictures Television.

Randy Lake, executive vice president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, will lead the organization while reporting to the television and motion picture group, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael »

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Sony Pictures Animation Hires Kristine Belson as President

27 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired DreamWorks Animation veteran Kristine Belson to the newly created post of president of Sony Pictures Animation.

Belson, who received an Oscar nomination for “The Croods,” will report to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

“I’m thrilled to have Kristine join the studio — I know she has a first-rate sense of story and a great eye for material,” said Pascal. “But she’s more than that: Kristine is a visionary who will make our animation studio a home where the animation industry’s best talent can come and make the films they want to make. I am confident Kristine will help Spa become an even more vital component of the way we construct our overall slate.”

The animation division had been part of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. Bob Osher remains in charge of Spdp but »

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