Sony Entertainment, Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded2012; 12 years ago (2012)
United States
Area served
Key people
Kenichiro Yoshida (Chairman and CEO)
Number of employees
ParentSony Corporation of America

Sony Entertainment, Inc. is the umbrella entertainment division of Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony and managed by its American subsidiary, established in 2012 to oversee the corporation's ventures in film, television and music.[1]


On March 30, 2012, then-co-chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures, Michael Lynton, and executive vice president and general counsel of Sony, Nicole Seligman, were respectively named as CEO and president of Sony Corporation of America to oversee all of Sony's global entertainment businesses.[2] On April 9, 2013, Lynton renewed his contract with Sony and was elevated to the presidency at Sony Entertainment.[3]

On February 18, 2016, Seligman resigned after a decade and half with the company but remained there until March 31.[4]

On January 13, 2017, Lynton announced that he was stepping down as CEO of Sony Entertainment and Sony Pictures and chairman of the latter to become chairman for Snap Inc.[5][6] and was later replaced by Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Anthony Vinciquerra on 11 May 2017.[7]

News outlets including The New York Post, Complete Music Update and TheStreet reported on December 19, 2016, about Sony was considering a restructuring of its American operations by merging Sony Pictures with Sony Interactive Entertainment which would have placed Sony Pictures under Sony Interactive's then-CEO, Andrew House, though House wouldn't have taken over day-to-day operations of Sony Pictures.[8][9] However, a Sony spokesperson denounced any sort of planned merger or restructuring of any of the Sony media divisions at that time in an interview with the latter source.[10]

Sony announced a merger of Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing to form the umbrella "Sony Music Group" on July 17, 2019, and was finalized on August 1.[11] On February 10, 2021, Sony/ATV Music Publishing reverted to rebranding as Sony Music Publishing.[12]


Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Sony Pictures Television


Sony Music Group

Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Publishing

Other divisions

Other Sony entertainment umbrellas are Sony Interactive Entertainment and their PlayStation Studios, which have a presence on numerous platforms. Across all of Sony's electronics and the PlayStation brand, and is extremely diversified across Apple iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Xbox.[14][15][16] This includes the apps for their streaming services such as Crunchyroll (including Funimation),[17] Great American Pure Flix (with Great American Media),[18] Sony Pictures Core (formerly Bravia Core),[19] and India's SonyLIV.[20]


  1. ^ "Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Takes All International Rights On Brett Haley's Hearts Beat Loud". Sony Pictures Entertainment. January 19, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Michael Lynton Named CEO of Sony Corporation of America; Nicole Seligman to Become SCA President". Sony Pictures. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Michael Lynton Re-Ups As CEO Of Sony Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  4. ^ Sakoui, Anousha (19 February 2016). "Sony's Seligman Quits U.S. Business in Another High-Profile Exit". Bloomberg. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. ^ Flemming, Jr., Mike; Busch, Anita; Lieberman, David (13 January 2017). "Michael Lynton Is Out As CEO Of Sony Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  6. ^ Rainey, James (13 January 2017). "Michael Lynton Exits Sony Pictures Entertainment to Become Chair of Snapchat". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  7. ^ Busch, Anita (11 May 2017). "Tony Vinciquerra Named Chairman/CEO Of Sony Pictures Entertainment Replacing Outgoing Exec Michael Lynton". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  8. ^ Atkinson, Claire (12 December 2016). "Sony considers merging gaming and film divisions". The New York Post. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  9. ^ Cooke, Chris (12 December 2016). "Revamp of Sony's entertainment business could more closely align Sony Music with Sony/ATV". Complete Music Update. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  10. ^ Aldrich, Rachel (12 December 2016). "Sony Reportedly May Merge Its Gaming and Film Units". TheStreet. Retrieved 11 January 2017. A Sony spokesman said no such merger is planned.
  11. ^ "Sony Corp. Restructures Music Division, Brings Recorded Music, Sony/ATV Publishing Together Under Rob Stringer". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  12. ^ Christman, Ed (17 July 2019). "Sony/ATV Returns to Sony Music Publishing, Unveils New Branding". Billboard. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  13. ^ Vlessing, Etan (May 11, 2023). "Sony's Pure Flix to Merge With Hallmark Rival Great American Media". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 10, 2023.
  14. ^ Scullion, Chris (January 18, 2023). "Sackboy is the next PlayStation series coming to mobile". VGC. Retrieved October 13, 2023.
  15. ^ Tolbert, Samuel (March 10, 2023). "Every PlayStation Studios game available on Windows PC". Windows Central. Retrieved October 13, 2023.
  16. ^ Franzese, Tomas (January 30, 2023). "MLB The Show returns to PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch this March". Digital Trends. Retrieved October 13, 2023.
  17. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 17, 2022). "Sony Fattens Up Crunchyroll's Menu: Why Anime Is Its Biggest Streaming Bet". Variety. Retrieved October 10, 2023.
  18. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (November 12, 2020). "Seeking Christian viewers, Sony acquires 'God's Not Dead' producers' streaming service". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 10, 2023.
  19. ^ Welch, Chris (October 5, 2023). "Sony's high-bitrate movie service is now available on PS5 and PS4". The Verge. Retrieved October 10, 2023.
  20. ^ Whittock, Jesse (October 4, 2023). "Indian Streamer SonyLIV To Adapt Yes Studios' Israeli Crime Drama 'Magpie'". Deadline. Retrieved October 10, 2023.