CULVER CITY, CA—Jim Kennedy is joining Sony Pictures Entertainment as senior vice president of corporate communications. He will report to Beth Berke, executive vice president and chief administrative officer and will be responsible for developing and directing the company’s communications strategy, overseeing media relations and issues management, and serving as communications counselor to the executive team.
He also will partner with SPE’s government and community relations, internal communications and other departments in support of their missions, and will liaison with Sony Corporation of America and Sony Corporation on media issues. He will replace Susan Tick, who announced her resignation last May.
Kennedy has been a spokesman for President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Joe Lieberman. He worked at the White House from January 1998 through the end of the Clinton presidency and since 2002 has been Counselor and Communications Director for former President Clinton and the William J. Clinton Foundation.
“At this time of enormous change, challenge and opportunity in the entertainment industry, Jim’s creativity and experience in strategic communications will be a real asset to Sony Pictures,” says Michael Lynton, chairman and chief executive officer of SPE.