A veteran TV executive appears to be sailing through the screening process at Sony and is now the clear front-runner for the CEO job. Variety reports that Tony Vinciquerra, former group chairman for the Fox Networks and a veteran of Hearst and CBS, is the “lead candidate” to succeed Michael Lynton.
We reported last month that Vinciquerra had emerged as a candidate for the post.
“Vinciquerra would come to the job with decades of TV experience, albeit little exposure on the film side,” Variety notes. “Sources said Sony Corp. chief Kazuo Hirai has been looking for a candidate with strong managerial chops and a familiarity with the fast-expanding world of big data and analytics.”
Vinciquerra has been working as a consultant since he stepped down in 2011 after a decade heading Fox Networks Group.
“In Sony’s view, Vinciquerra’s background overseeing a big operation like Fox’s cable and international networks during a period of rapid growth, coupled with his more recent experience associated with startups in the tech and media sector give him the right skill set for the job of leading the studio,” Variety notes.