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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 »
- Brent Lang and Dave McNary
In 2013, she co-starred in "Spring Breakers", followed by the debut solo studio album "Stars Dance". The album landed @ number one on the U.S. 'Billboard 200', spawning the top-ten single "Come & Get It".
- Michael Stevens
Kinology has sold the toonpic to Switzerland (Praesens), Freeman (Eastern Europe/except Poland), Greece (Odeon) and Portugal (Cine Mundo). “Mune” previously sold to Notorious Pictures (Italy), Smile Entertainment (South Korea), Gulf Films (Middle East), Domo Media (China), Zoom Entertainment (India), Volga Films (Cis) and Blitz (Former Yugoslavia).
A U.S. studio is reportedly circling “Mune” to take on various territories, including North America.
“Mune” will have its North American premiere at the Gkids’ New York Intl. Film Festival in March.
Set in an imaginary universe where the sun and the moon must be protected by guardians, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Pascal, who will remain at Sony in a new role as a producer, has long been known around town for her keen eye for winning projects. Though her reputation has suffered recently as a result of North Korea’s infamous hacking attack on the studio, which revealed a few unseemly email exchanges in which Pascal and other execs criticized the attitudes of A-listers and made racially tinged jokes at the expense of President Obama, Pascal steered the studio through her share of triumphs.
Any career as long as Pascal’s is bound to have its peaks and valleys. From the highest heights (“Skyfall,” “Spider-Man 2”) to the lowest lows (“Jack and Jill,” “Sparkle”), Pascal led Sony through it all. Here’s a look »
- Kevin Noonan and Marianne Zumberge
“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 »
- Dave McNary
Her new deal will cover animation and live action at Sony. Kouyate will also become a producer on the animated comedy “Medusa” and will oversee the transition to a yet-unnamed new head for the animation division.
Kouyate’s tenure included releases of “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Smurfs 2″ and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.” She joined the division in 2010 after holding posts at DreamWorks Animation, Miramax Films and Paramount Pictures.
Kouyate was also an exec producer on “Silver Linings Playbook.”
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
- Dave McNary
Michelle Raimo Kouyate will move forward as a producer with a first-look deal at the studio
After five years in her post, Raimo Kouyate will transition to a producer role with a first-look deal at Spa.
Raimo Kouyate will oversee »
- Matt Donnelly
Rob Burnett wrote and is directing the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s 2013 novel with Rudd in the role of Ben, a caregiver looking after Trevor, a tyrannical teenager in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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Gomez will play Dot, a sassy teenager who embarks on a roadtrip with Ben and Trevor.
Filming begins January 22 in Atlanta.
- Linda Ge
Exclusive: Selena Gomez has zeroed in on her next film role. The recording star and actress has landed the female lead opposite Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd in The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving, directed by Emmy winner Rob Burnett.
Rudd will star in the indie drama as Ben, a caregiver looking after a frustrated teenager named Trevor who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Burnett, the veteran exec producer of The Late Show With David Letterman, adapted the script from Jonathan Evison’s 2013 novel of the same name. Donna Gigliotti and James Spies are producing the Levantine Film and Worldwide Pants production.
Gomez will play the role of Dot, a sassy young woman who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip, and whose forwardness and lack of embarrassment about Trevor’s condition causes him to develop a crush on her.
Soon-to-be co-stars Gomez and Rudd »
- Jen Yamato
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