Sony Names Cookson Tech President2 Jan, 2008 By: Billy Gil
Christopher J. Cookson
Christopher J. Cookson has been appointed to the newly created role of president of Sony Pictures Technologies.
Cookson will oversee the studio's development and implementation technology policy and processes, and will act as chief liaison to technology-based Sony Corp. businesses. He will report to Michael Lynton, CEO and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Amy Pascal, co-chairman, while Sony Pictures' chief technology officer, Mitch Singer, and his team will report to Cookson.
“Technological changes are reshaping the business model of the entire entertainment industry, and Sony Pictures aims to be at the forefront of this revolution,” Lynton said. “Chris Cookson's long career in the technological end of the entertainment business gives him the kind of wisdom and experience we need at this crucial moment in our studio's history.”
Cookson previously served as chief technology officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment and president of the Warner Bros. Technical Operations Division. Additionally, he holds more than 30 U.S. patents, several of which involve DVD.