Sony Promotes Faith-Based Movie Exec Rich Peluso


Culver City, Ca. (July 9, 2013) — Rich Peluso, a MOVIEGUIDE® friend and Hollywood leader in making and distributing faith-based movies like the $100,000 Epiphany Prize winner for Most Inspiring Movie of 2011, COURAGEOUS, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, a label of Sony Pictures Enteratinment, where he will continue to oversee the development, production, acquisition and marketing of faith-based and inspirational movies.

 These movies span a wide range of genres and budgets and benefit from the various global distribution platforms at SPE, including theatrical and non-theatrical exhibition, television and home entertainment. Peluso, who had been Vice President of the department, will continue to report to Steven Bersch, President, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA).

In making the announcement, Bersch stated, “ Over the past several years, Rich has been key to creating Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ outstanding slate of faith-based films including such titles as SOUL SURFER and COURAGEOUS, and upcoming releases including MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, and THE REMAININGHis understanding of the genre as well as his strong relationships within the faith community and with filmmakers have been key to our success, and I am delighted to be able to acknowledge his contributions with this promotion.”

Added Peluso, “The opportunity to work with quality storytellers that are called to both entertain and inspire people through visual media is deeply rewarding. I’m thankful for the support and recognition from Sony Pictures and look forward to the reach and impact our future projects will have over the next several years.”

Dr. Baehr, publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, said, “This is great news. Rich is dedicated to great filmmaking and true faith and values. He has agreed to present the Kairos Prize winners at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala on Feb. 7th!”

Tana Evans will take on additional duties as Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for AFFIRM Films. She will also continue as Vice President of Distribution for all SPWA products.

Prior to joining AFFIRM, Peluso served 15 years at EMI Christian Music Group/EMI Music most recently as the president of EMI CMG Distribution. He was also president of The Safe Side Company, a children’s entertainment company.

About Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 159 countries.  Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at www.sonypictures.com.  Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions can be found on the World Wide Web atwww.sonypicturesworldwideacquisitions.com.

ABOUT AFFIRM FILMS 

AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, dedicated to producing, acquiring and marketing films which inspire, uplift, and entertain audiences. www.AFFIRMfilms.com

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