1:05pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jon Hookstratten Tapped Exec VP Operations at Sony Pictures Entertainment
Newly installed Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra is beefing up his executive roster.
Vinciquerra has tapped frequent collaborator Jon Hookstratten to serve in the newly created role of executive vp administration and operations at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He will report to Vinciquerra, who announced the move Monday via an internal memo (see below). Hookstratten will begin Monday, July 10.
In his new role, Hookstratten will work with Vinciquerra to coordinate SPE's day-to-day operations and develop and implement business strategies on the corporate side as well as within various lines of business. The duo previously worked together at CBS and Fox, among other companies, during their respective careers. Hookstratten brings with him 25 years of experience and most recently served as exec vp broadcast distribution at Fox Networks Group.
"I’ve known Tony for years and look forward to working with him, and with everyone at SPE, at a time of great change and opportunity industry-wide,” said Hookstratten.
Hookstratten's hiring comes as Vinciquerra faces major staffing decisions on Sony's television side after co-presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht exited the independent studio for Apple earlier this month. Then there's also the Sony Pictures Television chairman job that remains vacant a year after Steve Mosko's abrupt exit.
Here is Vinciquerra's memo to staff:
I am pleased to announce that Jon Hookstratten will be joining the studio as Executive Vice President of Administration and Operations for SPE, effective Monday, July 10, reporting to me.
Jon will work directly with me on coordination of SPE’s day-to-day operations as well as the development and implementation of our business strategies, corporately and within our lines of business.
I know Jon well from our time together at CBS, Fox and other stops along the way. He is a terrific executive with broad experience and insight not just in television networks, but in the entertainment space overall. A lawyer by trade, and with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Jon has worked with some of the biggest businesses in the entertainment space, and has held leadership roles in distribution, business affairs, human resources and other critical business functions.
Jon most recently served as EVP, Broadcast Distribution, at Fox Networks Group. There he oversaw relationships with station owners, general managers, programming departments, and sales organizations for all 207 company-affiliated stations, and drove extensive growth over a five-year period. Prior to that, Jon was EVP, Network Distribution for Fox Broadcasting Company, EVP Administration and Operations for NBCUniversal, and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at Eyemark Entertainment, a division of CBS Corporation. Earlier in his career, as a lawyer at Hookstratten and Hookstratten, Jon represented and advised on-air talent and professional athletes, and oversaw business affairs for Johnny Carson’s production company.
Please join me in welcoming Jon when he arrives next month.