Tony Vinciquerra

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Tony Vinciquerra
Born
Anthony Vinciquerra

(1954-08-30) 30 August 1954 (age 67)
Albany, New York, United States[1]
Alma materSUNY Albany
OccupationChairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Spouse(s)Toni Knight

Anthony "Tony" Vinciquerra (born August 30, 1954) is a film executive who is the current Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.[2]

Early life and education

Vinciquerra was born in Albany, New York, and grew up with three sisters in a three bedroom apartment. He performed various odd jobs in his youth, and began working in radio ad sales in college. After graduating from State University of New York, Albany in 1977, he moved into television ad sales and eventually was named COO of Hearst-Argyle Television in New York in 1999.

Career

Vinciquerra climbed through the ranks of television broadcasting ad sales. He led Fox Networks Group from 2001 to 2011. He then spent time as an entertainment consultant and advisor at TPG Capital.

In May, 2017, it was announced that Vinciquerra would be filling the role of CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, left vacant by Michael Lynton, after he announced his departure for Snap, Inc. Vinciquerra was hired by Sony Corporation CEO Kazuo Hirai.[3] He is credited with reversing a downward trend of film box office performances, as well as strengthening the television division.

Jeopardy! host replacement

In his role overseeing Sony Pictures Television, Vinciquerra was involved in the hirings of Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik as co-moderators of the television quiz show Jeopardy! in 2021 after the death of longtime host Alex Trebek.[4][5] Before any of his episodes aired, Richards stepped down from his position after several insensitive comments made on his podcast emerged.[6][7] Vinciquerra and Ravi Ahuja, chairman of Sony Pictures' global television division, are currently overseeing the resumed search for the permanent host of the daily syndicated version.[8]

Personal life

In 2001, Vinciquerra moved to Los Angeles and met his future wife, Toni Knight, an advertising executive who now owns her own firm.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Bread-and-butter guy". 18 March 2002.
  2. ^ Lang, Brent (11 May 2017). "Tony Vinciquerra Named Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO". Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ Barnes, Brooks (11 May 2017). "Sony Pictures, Shifting Toward TV, Names Tony Vinciquerra Its C.E.O." New York Times. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ Grynbaum, Michael; Sperling, Nicole (14 Aug 2021). "'Like Choosing a Pope': How Succession Got Messy at 'Jeopardy!'". New York Times. Retrieved 19 Aug 2021.
  5. ^ Darwish, Meaghan (16 Aug 2021). "How Involved Was Mike Richards in Choosing a 'Jeopardy!' Host?". TV Insider. Retrieved 19 Aug 2021.
  6. ^ Grynbaum, Michael; Sperling, Nicole (20 Aug 2021). "The new 'Jeopardy!' host, Mike Richards, quits". New York Times. Retrieved 20 Aug 2021.
  7. ^ Stelter, Brian (20 Aug 2021). "Mike Richards has stepped down as the host of 'Jeopardy!'". CNN Business. Retrieved 20 Aug 2021.
  8. ^ Darcy, Oliver; Stelter, Brian (23 Aug 2021). "Mayim Bialik to be first guest host of 'Jeopardy!' following Mike Richards' departure". CNN Business. Retrieved 26 Aug 2021.
  9. ^ James, Meg (23 March 2009). "Low-profile News Corp. executive Tony Vinciquerra given starring role". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 May 2017.

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