After giving 15 years to Sony as co-chairman, Amy Pascal is preparing to step down from the position and the vacancy is exciting speculations. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the top two choices for this role are obviously Tom Pascal and Jeff Robinov. They are currently under the umbrella of Sony with Tom Rothman running Sony’s TriStar and Jeff Robinov heading Studio 8. Even before the Sony hacking incident occurred, the media was rife with stories of either Rothman or Robinov stepping down from their respective positions to become Sony’s co-chairman.
According to sources, Rothman and Robinov had not been contacted by Sony even when Pascal announced her decision to step down. Robinov is the least unlikely candidate of the two because his new venture has received backing from China to the tune of $1 billion. Various US based banks have also been backing this venture. The epic hack affected Tom Rothman personally but despite that, Sony has been known to show support to people like Amy Pascal who have a great relationship with talent.
Other names that could be considered include Doug Belgrad – President of Columbia Pictures – and Michael De Luca – with hits like Moneyball, Captain Phillips and The Social Network under his belt. However, it isn’t necessary that CEO Hirai and Lynton would choose to fill the void internally. External options include Stacey Snider of Fox, Universal and DreamWorks, Adam Fogelsen – formerly of Universal, Donna Langley, Jeff Shell, Robert Simonds, and Toby Emmerich, Greg Silverman and Sue Kroll – all from Warner Bros. However, none of these candidates are said to be favorites like Rothman and Robinov.
Pascal’s contract might end in March but she would be helping with the transition and has decided to stay until May with Sony. After that, she would be exploring her career as a producer for Sony.
Source: Hollywood Reporter