Schlicht takes reins at Sony's Russia unit

Former CEO of 20th Century Fox/Gemini Int'l

MOSCOW -- Michael Schlicht, former CEO of 20th Century Fox CIS/Gemini Film International, Fox's distributor for Russia and the CIS countries, has taken the top post at new company Sony Pictures Entertainment Russia, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday.

Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing, a local Disney-Sony joint venture set up in 2007, was split and the new Sony subsidiary will distribute Sony content on its own.