(variety.com)          Sony Pictures Imageworks has taken another step in its management makeover with the hiring of Randy Lake as executive VP and general manager.

Lake will manage overall operations, strategy and planning.

Move is part of a shakeup over the past year that included the hiring of Bob Osher as prexy of Sony Pictures Digital, the division that includes Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation; Hannah Minghella as production prexy at SPA; and the departure of longtime Imageworks topper Tim Sarnoff.



Samuel L. Jackson has buried the hatchet with Marvel Entertainment, making a deal to play the role of Nick Fury in Iron Man 2, and potentially many other films.

Jackson’s deal is a long-term commitment to play Fury, the leader of the espionage unit S.H.I.E.L.D. His deal contains an option to play the character in nine future Marvel superhero films, efforts that are expected to include The First Avenger: Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, toplining a possible S.H.I.E.L.D. movie, and potential sequels.

Jackson introduced Fury in the closing moments of Iron Man, when the character asked Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to join his group.


According to a UCLA study, California’s film industry is the state’s second largest polluter, with only the oil industry having a greater negative impact on the environment. However, according to the BPM Forum study, more than 53 percent of companies don’t have or don’t know if they have a corporate sustainability agenda in place. And lack of awareness of business benefits was identified as the top challenge to environmental sustainability.

The data shows, however, that while the digital media industry understands the benefits, there are significant perceived obstacles in adopting Think Eco-logical practices, such as an unwillingness to compromise technology productivity (60 percent), costs of efficiencies (58 percent) and lack of awareness of benefits (50 percent).

    
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