Sony Pictures Retools Home Video Division; All Digital

So Sony follows suit from Warner and Paramount..Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a massive reorg that finds division president Benjamin Feingold getting a new title and new responsibilities. He becomes president of worldwide home entertainment, digital distribution and acquisitions. Already the studio’s point person for Blu-ray Disc, he also will lead the charge into other digital territories, including online downloads and VOD.
Other execs: David Bishop will oversee SPHE’s North American business, Matt Brown will oversee the division’s European business, and Sean Carey will head its digital distribution business.
Carey will focus on developing and managing the North American distribution of movies and other content via the Internet, mobile and PSP. He also will oversee all business aspects of the home entertainment unit’s production and acquisition group as well as negotiate key acquisition agreements.
Variety: One goal of the new corporate structure is to integrate new distribution opportunities into the studio’s existing home entertainment business. “It’s very important as digital develops to keep the (retail) relationship together,” Bishop said. “Wal-Mart has a very big DVD business, and anything they do on the digital side they need to do with an eye toward their DVD business, and we need to be there with them.”
Feingold said he expects both Wal-Mart and Amazon to be in the business of downloading movies before the end of the year.