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Peter Schlessel has been appointed president of worldwide affairs at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio’s Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal announced Wednesday.
Since 2006, Schlessel has been president of Sony’s Worldwide Acquisitions Group arm. In his new role, he will continue to oversee the group, but will be replaced as president of WAG.
As president of worldwide affairs, Schlessel will report to Lynton and Pascal and take on the additional responsibility of overseeing key corporate-wide initiatives and identifying strategic opportunities for the company, according to the studio.
“He has become a key player in many aspects of our overall business and in this new position he will be able to help Amy and me manage and grow the company in a more efficient and profitable way,” said Lynton.
Pascal added, “his invaluable range of business and creative experiences and his personal skills will be an asset throughout the company.”
Schlessel first joined the company working in business and legal affairs for RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video and served in key senior positions at Sony Pictures over the years, including playing a pivotal role in the formation of Screen Gems in 1996.
He left in 2004 to be an independent consultant and returned in 2006 to WAG.
“I’ve enjoyed my time back at SPE and am looking forward to working more closely with Michael and Amy,” Schlessel said. “Sony Pictures is an incredible company and I’m excited to be more involved with the entire studio.”
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