Sony Pictures Taps Man Jit Singh as Home Entertainment President

Singh, CEO of the operating company that manages Sony Pictures Television's TV networks in India, replaces David Bishop, whose contract was not renewed by the company.

Man Jit Singh has been named president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, replacing David Bishop.

Bishop is set to depart his post in March after the expiration of his contract. He had been with the company since 2006.

Singh will report to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, and Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Singh, who was previously CEO of Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd., the operating company that manages Sony Pictures Television’s TV networks in India, will continue as non-executive chairman at MSM while transitioning from his role in the television division to his new role in home entertainment.

“Man Jit is a savvy global executive with a long track record of success at Sony Pictures, having built our Indian TV channels into high-performance, high-margin businesses," Lynton said.

The news about Bishop's departure came in December, on the heels of several other high-profile firings, including the oustings of Sony marketing head Marc Weinstock and publicity chief Steve Elzer in September. Sony suffered a disappointing summer at the box office, which was highlighted by the soft performances of After Earth and White House Down. The studio has been under pressure to slash costs and in November committed to up to $250 million in reductions by 2016.

Under Singh, Sony Pictures Television’s Indian TV networks leveraged changing technologies and consumer behaviors to grow into some of the most profitable and highest-rated channels in the market, according to the company. At SPHE, he will continue the studio’s focus on reducing overhead costs, while growing high-margin businesses.

Meanwhile, N.P. Singh, formerly chief operating officer at MSM, has been appointed CEO, managing Sony Pictures Television’s Indian TV networks, reporting to Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks at Sony Pictures Television.

In his new role at MSM, he will continue to focus on developing original, local-language programming and expanding the audience for MSM’s eight channels across India and the more than 70 countries around the world where they are available.