LOS ANGELES, CA—Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired Ann Junod Burkart as vice president for global communications and has also named Sarajane Smith and Erica Wiertz vice presidents in the corporate communications department.
Burkart joins from Fox Interactive Media, where she was vice president of corporate communications for News Corp..'s online division, serving as chief spokesperson and overseeing media relations. In her new role, Burkart will report to Jim Kennedy, Sony's executive vice president of global communications, and will help lead corporate media relations for the company.
Burkart previouly worked for several years at AOL in a communications positions for AOL Music Group and AOL Radio Network. She began her career in communications at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, handling media relations for Microsoft.
Smith has been named vice president of corporate communications and employee meetings and events, responsible for preparing and coordinating senior management presentations, addressing Sony Pictures brand issues, and planning and overseeing major employee events. She joined Sony Pictures in 1999 and most recently served as executive director of corporate communications. Beforehand she worked as director of creative services for Quality Records/Vital Sounds Entertainment.
Wiertz is vice president of employee communications, in which role she designs and leads internal communications programs for Sony Pictures employees in 74 countries around the world. Wiertz joined Sony Pictures in 2006 as executive director of employee communications, and before that held communications roles with The Walt Disney Company, Universal Television Group, and USA Networks.