Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a specialty film division of Sony Pictures.[1] The company specializes in acquiring and producing films for a wide variety of distribution platforms.[2][3]

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Inc.
TypeDivision
IndustryEntertainment
FoundedHollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (2007)
Headquarters10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California, US
Key people
Steve Bersch, President
Michael Helfand, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs
ProductsMotion pictures
OwnerSony Entertainment
(Sony Group Corporation)
Number of employees
30
ParentSony Pictures Entertainment
Divisions
Websitesonypicturesworldwideacquisitions.com

HistoryEdit

The group became a stand-alone division of Sony Pictures in 2007.[2] Originally being called as Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG),[4] the group's name was changed to "Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions" (SPWA) in late 2010.[5] The group had sometimes been called "Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Worldwide Acquisitions Group".

SPWA produces and acquires about 60 films per year, usually through Stage 6 Films, Affirm Films, and Destination Films.[6] SPWA releases some of its films theatrically;[7] the group would analyze how much a theatrical release would impact a film's TV, VOD and home video revenue, and then the group would determine whether the film should bows theatrically.[8]

In the case of theatrical releases, SPWA will offer the films to Sony's distribution labels (i.e. TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures Classics) firstly; then, if Sony's distribution labels pass on the films, the company will release the films through other distributors.

Select United States theatrical releasesEdit

2000sEdit

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2020sEdit

Upcoming releasesEdit

2021Edit

2022Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sony Pictures - Press Releases Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine
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  3. ^ "Cannes: President of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition Steven N. Bersch (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  4. ^ "Peace Arch Entertainment Group, Form 6-K, Filing Date May 17, 2007". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 14, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ FilmDistrict and TriStar Pictures to Partner on Release of 'SOUL SURFER' - NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/
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  11. ^ Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquires Cyber-Thriller 'Ratter' | Indiewire
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  14. ^ Hopewell, John (February 8, 2015). "Berlin: Sony Pictures Worldwide Strikes Deal on Wheatley's 'Free Fire' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (March 10, 2016). "A24 Boards Brie Larson's Action-Thriller 'Free Fire'". Retrieved September 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 3, 2017). "Zoe Lister-Jones' Sundance Pic 'Band Aid' Acquired By IFC Films & Sony Worldwide". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  18. ^ A. Lincoln, Ross (October 7, 2016). "Sony Nabs 'Professor Marston'; Biopic About Wonder Woman Creator Stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall & Bella Heathcote". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 18, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  25. ^ Lang, Brent (January 19, 2018). "Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to 'Hearts Beat Loud'". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ Jaafar, Ali (May 2, 2016). "Sony's Stage 6 Films Acquires Worldwide Rights To Vera Farmiga-Christopher Plummer Road Trip Pic 'Boundaries'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ Lang, Brent (January 18, 2019). "Sundance: 'The Tomorrow Man' Foreign Rights Sell to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (October 30, 2018). "Michael Winterbottom's 'The Wedding Guest' Bought by IFC Films for U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 2, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. ^ Lang, Brent (January 30, 2019). "Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs 'Them That Follow' Foreign Rights (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 30, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ Lang, Brent (January 25, 2019). "Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs International Rights to 'Sound of Silence' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  31. ^ "The Glorias". Sony Pictures. Retrieved February 16, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  32. ^ Grater, Tom; Wiseman, Andreas (December 4, 2019). "Riz Ahmed Drama 'Sound Of Metal' Drums Up UK Deal With Vertigo Releasing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 16, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  33. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (16 September 2019). "A24 Picks Up TIFF Midnight Madness Pic 'Saint Maud'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  34. ^ Kay, Jeremy (January 27, 2020). "Sony takes international rights to Sundance stripper tweetstorm saga 'Zola'". Screen Daily. Retrieved January 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  35. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (February 5, 2019). "Kate Winslet-Saoirse Ronan Romance 'Ammonite' Pre-Sells To Sony, Lionsgate & Transmission After Heated Auction". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 5, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  36. ^ Welk, Brian (September 24, 2020). "Olivia Cooke, Jack O'Connell Pandemic Love Story 'Little Fish' Reeled in by IFC Films". TheWrap. Retrieved February 16, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  37. ^ Tutt, Louise (September 6, 2020). "'The World To Come' director Mona Fastvold on shooting four seasons in 24 days". Screen International. Retrieved September 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  38. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (September 17, 2020). "Bleecker Street Nabs Venice Breakout 'The World to Come' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 17, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  39. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 18, 2021). "Sony's Stage 6 Films Lands 'Long Weekend' Rom-Com Starring Finn Wittrock, Zoë Chao & Damon Wayans Jr". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  40. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (March 3, 2021). "Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Takes All International Rights To Sundance Comedy 'Together Together'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  41. ^ D’Alessandro, Anthony (April 14, 2021). "Tiffany Haddish & Billy Crystal Pic 'Here Today' Acquired By Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions' Stage 6 Films; Spring Release Set". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 14, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  42. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (February 1, 2020). "Naomi Watts to Headline Malgorzata Szumowska's 'Infinite Storm' With Bleecker, Sony Pictures Worldwide (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  45. ^ Barraclough, Leo (April 19, 2021). "Olivia Colman Comedy 'Joyride' Acquired By Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions From Embankment (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 8, 2021.

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