Schlessel set to return to Sony

Schlessel set to return to Sony

Peter Schlessel is coming back to Sony. According to sources, the former Columbia Pictures production president will be tapped to run the direct-to-video production and acquisition business previously overseen by Ben Feingold, who exited his post this month as worldwide president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Digital Distribution and Acquisitions. Although David Bishop took over as president of North America at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, he did not take on all of Feingold's former responsibilities. While Sony declined comment, it is understood that Schlessel will assume Feingold's duties overseeing digital distribution and acquisitions, though it isn't clear if the division will be broken off into its own entity as has been done at other studios. Schlessel most likely would report to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton, as does Bishop. Schlessel is producing "Halo" for Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox along with Mary Parent and Scott Stuber. He also is serving as a consultant to Jeff Skoll's Participant Prods. and Mandate Pictures. The executive ran Columbia's production team for more than three years. Before that, Schlessel, a business affairs executive, oversaw the Screen Gems genre division with Clint Culpepper, current head of that division.
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