The quiet retirement of long-time Sony Pictures UK MD Peter Taylor has prompted a shakeup at the top of two Hollywood studios in the UK.
Industry veteran Taylor has been replaced as MD by former Paramount Pictures UK MD Ian George.
In turn, Paramount marketing director John Fletcher has been appointed Paramount UK MD following George’s departure.
Taylor had steered Sony’s UK office for more than a decade, joining in 2006 after a two-year stint as MD of Warner Bros UK.
The studio veteran had previously worked at Columbia (and then Sony) in various roles between 1982-2004.
During his tenure as MD he oversaw huge results for the Bond franchise, including the UK’s second and third-biggest releases ever in the shape of Skyfall, which took more than £100m in 2012, and Spectre, which made £94m in 2015.
He also co-ordinated big local successes for the