Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (commonly known as Sony Pictures or SPE, and formerly known as Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc.) is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate that produces, acquires, and distributes filmed entertainment (theatrical motion pictures, television programs, and recorded videos) through multiple platforms. Through an intermediate holding company called Sony Film Holding Inc., it is operated as a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is itself a subsidiary of the multinational technology and media conglomerate Sony Group Corporation. Based at the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California as one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, it encompasses Sony's motion picture, television production and distribution units. Its sales in the fiscal year 2020 (April 2020 – March 2021) was reported to be $7.16 billion.
|Formerly||Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (1987–1991)|
|Founded||December 21, 1987 as Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc.|
August 7, 1991 as Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
|Revenue||US$9.316 billion (FY2019)|
|US$628 million (FY2019)|
|Owner||Sony Group Corporation|
Number of employees
|9,500 (2019 )|
|Footnotes / references|
SPE is a member of the Motion Picture Association (MPA).
Some of Sony Pictures's film franchises include: The Karate Kid, Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Jumanji, Stuart Little, Men in Black, Zombieland, Underworld, Sony's Spider-Man Universe, Robert Langdon, The Smurfs (via Peyo), Sniper, Hotel Transylvania, Bad Boys, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Charlie's Angels.