Sony Names Soundstage After Retiring Studio Operations President Gary Martin
Sony's Gary Martin is retiring after more than five decades in the entertainment industry. To commemorate his tenure, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said Wednesday that Stage 15 on the Culver City lot will be renamed The Gary Martin Soundstage.
Martin, who joined Columbia Pictures 32 years ago, leaves the company having held the joint role as president of both Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group production administration and Sony Pictures Studios operations. He's overseen day-to-day operations of the lot and its postproduction facilities since 2003.
“We are so grateful for Gary’s years of service here at the studio," said Lynton. "From the day I arrived through every day since, he has been a force of great leadership that is full of compassion, humility and humor. As Gary looks towards time to enjoy more of his life away from this lot later this year, we are confident that the phenomenal team he has in place will continue to maintain the high standards in our productions and our facilities that Gary set during his remarkable tenure.”
Under his tenure, Martin has overseen production of more than 600 films, from Tootsie through the blockbuster Ghostbusters and Spider-Man franchises to The Social Network.
“Gary is Sony Pictures and our studio operations," said Pascal. "His leadership, grace and skill are unparalleled in our business. There is no one who comes close. We are fortunate that Gary spent the better part of his 51 years here with us. He’s not just our colleague, he is our great friend, and we’re going to miss seeing him every day. In his honor, we are dedicating our most storied soundstage -- Stage 15.”
Sony's Stage 15 is the largest soundstage in North America and the second largest in the world.