Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard have signed on for four more years with Sony Pictures Entertainment. The deal will extend the 18 year relationship with Sony Pictures and allows Barker and Bernard to continue to oversee the banner’s film slate as well as day-to-day operations which include releasing, producing, and acquiring films.
The current SPC slate includes the recent Tribeca Film Festival’s opening night film, Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works”; James Toback’s “Tyson”; Duncan Jones’ science fiction film, “Moon”; Carlos Cuarón’s “Rudo y Cursi”; Stephen Elliot’s “Easy Virtue”; and Pedro Almodovar’s latest, “Broken Embraces,” screening in this year’s Cannes competition. The film is the ninth the duo have worked with the acclaimed Spanish director. Currently on screen is “Every Little Step,” James Stern and Adam del Deo’s documentary about A Chorus Line and “Sugar,” from filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson”).
“Michael and Tom have brought to audiences worldwide some of the most memorable and significant films in recent history, and we are proud to have them and their entire team at Classics as part of the Sony Pictures family,” commented SPE chairman and CEO Michael Lynton in a statement. “The diversity of our film slate is an important factor in our success and stability over the years, and Michael and Tom have been an instrumental part of that story.”