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2012-2013 Featured Speakers

Michael Lynton

Michael Lynton


Sony Corporation of America

Sony Corporation of America

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

Sony Pictures Studio

10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

This event is sold out. We are regrettably unable to accommodate walk-ins at this event.

General Admission: $20

Parking: Guests will enter the Sony Lot using the Culver Gate entrance and park in the Culver parking structure. Reception will be in the Harry Cohn building. Presentation will be held in Holden Theater. Please bring a photo ID to present at the gate.

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About Sony Corporation of America

Sony Corporation of America is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its motion picture, television, computer entertainment, music and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment and technology companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $79 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, and it employs 162,700 people worldwide.

About Michael Lynton

Michael Lynton is CEO of Sony Corporation of America, overseeing Sony's entertainment businesses, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Lynton is also Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and manages the studio's overall global operations, which include motion picture, television and digital content production and distribution, home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, and the development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. By focusing on digital transformation, worldwide growth, content diversity and financial discipline, Lynton has led the studio through an era of innovation and success, putting Sony Pictures on the cutting edge of an industry experiencing rapid technological and global change.

Under the leadership of Lynton and Co-chairman Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures' Motion Pictures Group has enjoyed a remarkable run in the past several years. Last year, the studio's successful slate of films generated more than $3 billion in worldwide box office revenues.

Lynton and Pascal have also put an emphasis on environmental sustainability at Sony Pictures. The studio is the first and only one certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Sony Pictures has received numerous honors from the Environmental Media Association for sustainable filmmaking as well as community recognition from TreePeople and Habitat for Humanity for its green practices and volunteerism.

Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Lynton worked for Time Warner and served as CEO of AOL Europe, President of AOL International and President of Time Warner International. During his tenure, AOL expanded into Asia and Latin America and became the world's largest online Internet service, operating in 17 countries and eight languages.

From 1996 to 2000, Lynton served as Chairman and CEO of Pearson plc's Penguin Group, where he oversaw the acquisition of Putnam, Inc. and extended the Penguin brand to music and the Internet. He joined The Walt Disney Company in 1987 and started Disney Publishing, serving as its President, and from 1992 to1996, he served as President of Disney's Hollywood Pictures.

Lynton's involvement in charitable and civic activities includes membership on the Council on Foreign Relations and service on the boards of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, the Rand Corporation and the Modern Times Group. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, to which he was recently named as the interim presiding governor.

Lynton holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and literature from Harvard College and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School.


  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Reception
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Speaker Presentation
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Film Screening

Hor d'oeuvres will be provided by Wolfgang Puck catering.