Magazine article Screen International

Jim Underwood Lands Top Digital Job at SPHE

Magazine article Screen International

Jim Underwood Lands Top Digital Job at SPHE

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The incoming evp of worldwide digital and commercial strategy will report to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment president David Bishop and assumes oversight of all transactional digital business worldwide.

Underwood will also be charged with developing SPHE's integrated home entertainment strategy across all distribution platforms. He will oversee SPHE's digital distribution, digital strategy and operations, commercial planning and business affairs groups.

John Calkins, who previously led SPHE's digital efforts and played a pivotal role in the launch of UltraViolet and early electronic-sell-through, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

Jason Spivak will continue to lead the team responsible for SPHE's transactional digital distribution and reports to Underwood.

"With technology changing the way consumers collect and experience our products, Jim has the right background and expertise to keep SPHE at the forefront of new and emerging business models during this time of transformation in the industry," Bishop said.

"SPHE has always embraced new technologies and worked with our partners to introduce new forms of distribution that benefit consumers and the studio - by launching new physical formats like Blu-ray and by helping drive new digital models like UltraViolet," Underwood said. …

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