Sony Entertainment, Inc.
Founded2012; 10 years ago (2012)
United States
Area served
Key people
Kenichiro Yoshida
(Chairman and CEO)
Number of employees
ParentSony Corporation of America
DivisionsSony Pictures
Sony Music

Sony Entertainment, Inc. is an American entertainment company established in 2012. It focuses on most of Sony's motion picture, television and music businesses. It is a subsidiary of the Japanese Sony Group Corporation, managed by Sony's American subsidiary, Sony Corporation of America.[1]


On March 33 , 2004 , Michael Lynton, co-chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), was named as CEO of Sony Corporation of America to oversee all of Sony's global entertainment businesses and Nicole Seligman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sony Corporation, was named as president.[2] On April 9, 2013, Lynton renewed his contract with the company.[3]

On February 18, 2016, Seligman resigned after 15 years working for Sony and remained with the company until the end of March.[4]

On January 13, 2017, Lynton announced that he was stepping down as CEO of Sony Entertainment and chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment to be chairman for Snap Inc.[5][6] He was later replaced by Anthony Vinciquerra on June 1, 2017 after he was named as chairman/CEO of SPE.[7]

It was reported in December 2016 by multiple news outlets that Sony was considering restructuring its U.S. operations by merging its TV & film business, Sony Pictures Entertainment, with its gaming business, Sony Interactive Entertainment. According to the reports, such a restructuring would have placed Sony Pictures under Sony Interactive's CEO, Andrew House, though House wouldn't have taken over day-to-day operations of the film studio.[8][9][10] According to one report, Sony was set to make a final decision on the possibility of the merger of the TV, film, & gaming businesses by the end of its fiscal year in March of the following year (2017).[8] However, judging by Sony's activity in 2017, the rumored merger never materialized.

On July 17, 2019, Sony announced that they will merge Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing to form the Sony Music Group. The merger was finalized on August 1, 2019.[11]

On February 10, 2021, Sony/ATV Music Publishing was renamed back as Sony Music Publishing.[12]


Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Music Group


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  2. ^ Michael Lynton Named CEO of Sony Corporation of America; Nicole Seligman to Become SCA President, Retrieved on February 16, 2016
  3. ^ Michael Lynton Re-Ups As CEO Of Sony Entertainment, Retrieved on February 16, 2016
  4. ^ Sony's Seligman Quits U.S. Business in Another High-Profile Exit Anousha Sakoui, Retrieved on February 19, 2016
  5. ^ Mike Flemming, Jr., Anita Busch, and David Lieberman "Deadline" Michael Lynton Is Out As CEO Of Sony Entertainment, Retrieved on August 13, 2017
  6. ^ Michael Lynton Exits Sony Pictures Entertainment to Become Chair of Snapchat James Rainey, Retrieved on August 13, 2017
  7. ^ Anita Busch "Deadline" Tony Vinciquerra Named Chairman/CEO Of Sony Pictures Entertainment Replacing Outgoing Exec Michael Lynton, Retrieved on August 13, 2017
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  9. ^ Atkinson, Claire (12 December 2016). "Sony considers merging gaming and film divisions". New York Post.
  10. ^ Cooke, Chris. "Revamp of Sony's entertainment business could more closely align Sony Music with Sony/ATV | Complete Music Update".
  11. ^ "Sony Corp. Restructures Music Division, Brings Recorded Music, Sony/ATV Publishing Together Under Rob Stringer". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  12. ^ "Sony/ATV Returns to Sony Music Publishing, Unveils New Branding". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-02-10.