Chris Pratt

With Michael Lynton's exit, what's next for Sony Pictures?

With Michael Lynton's exit, what's next for Sony Pictures?

Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp. is known for running its prized Hollywood studio with a light touch, rarely interfering in the movie and TV business since buying Columbia Pictures in 1989. That’s about to change.

After years of box office struggles and corporate upheaval, Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai is preparing to take a more active role at Sony Pictures Entertainment. The move follows the exit of longtime studio head Michael Lynton, who is leaving for Snapchat.

In a telling sign, Tokyo-based Hirai is setting up a second office at Sony’s Culver City campus to oversee management of the company’s struggling entertainment...

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