Sony gives Pascal a longer run

Sony gives Pascal a longer run 1In the wake of a winning year in which Sony produced three of the summer’s biggest hits, studio topper Amy Pascal is being reupped to 2011 and given a new title.

Pascal has been named co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. She will continue to serve as chairman of the studio’s Motion Picture Group.

The promotion comes on the heels of a strong summer in which Sony’s “The Da Vinci Code,” “Talladega Nights” and “Click” were three of the season’s biggest grossers.

“The Da Vinci Code,” the studio’s highest earner this year, has grossed $753 million worldwide. “Talladega Nights” has grossed $138 million domestically, and “Click” has taken in $136 million Stateside.

Considering the recent turnstile frenzy at other studios, Pascal has had a stable existence at Sony; she’s one of the longest-tenured execs at a major Hollywood studio, having first joined Columbia in 1987 as an exec. In 1994, she was named prexy of production at Turner Pictures, where she remained for two years. She rejoined Col in 1996 as prexy.