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Sony Pictures Classics

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Motion Pictures


Parent organization
Sony Pictures



Number of employees

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Key people
Michael Barker (Co-President) Tom Bernard (Co-President)

New York City, New York, United States

January 1992, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Tom Bernard, Michael Barker, Marcie Bloom

Films produced
Take Shelter, Made in Dagenham, Redbelt, Restless, Paprika


Interview sony pictures classics co chiefs tom bernard and michael barker

Sony Pictures Classics (abbreviated as SPC) is a film production and distribution studio division of Sony Pictures founded in 1992 by former Orion Classics heads Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, and Marcie Bloom (similar to Fox Searchlight Pictures and Focus Features). It distributes, produces and acquires specialty films such as documentaries, independent and art films in the United States and internationally. As of 2015, Barker and Bernard are co-presidents of the division.


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Sony Pictures Classics was founded on January 1, 1992, by Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, and Marcie Bloom, set up as an autonomous division of Sony Pictures. The model of the company is to produce, acquire and/or distribute independent films from the United States and internationally.

Sony Pictures Classics has a history of making reasonable investments for small films, and getting a decent return. It has a history of not overspending. Its largest commercial success of the 2010s is Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011), which grossed over $56 million in the U.S., becoming Allen's highest-grossing film ever in the United States.

Occasionally, Sony Pictures Classics agrees to release films for all other film studio divisions of Sony; However, under Sony Pictures Classics' structure within Sony, all other divisions of Sony (including the parent company) cannot force Sony Pictures Classics to release any film that the division does not want to release.


  • Animal Kingdom
  • Another Year
  • Chloe (co-release with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions)
  • Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  • Get Low
  • Inside Job
  • The Last Station
  • Lebanon
  • Made in Dagenham
  • Mother and Child
  • Please Give
  • A Prophet (Un Prophete)
  • The Secret in Their Eyes
  • Tamara Drewe
  • Wild Grass
  • A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop
  • You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  • 2011
  • Barney's Version
  • Carnage
  • A Dangerous Method
  • The Guard
  • Higher Ground
  • In a Better World
  • Incendies
  • Life, Above All
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Neil Young Journeys
  • Of Gods and Men
  • POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (co-release with Stage 6 Films)
  • Restless (co-release with Columbia Pictures)
  • A Separation
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Take Shelter
  • Winter in Wartime
  • 2012
  • Amour
  • Celeste and Jesse Forever
  • Chicken with Plums
  • Damsels in Distress
  • Darling Companion
  • Footnote
  • In Darkness
  • Neil Young Journeys
  • The Raid: Redemption (co-release with Stage 6 Films)
  • Rust and Bone
  • Smashed
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • To Rome with Love
  • West of Memphis
  • Where Do We Go Now?
  • 2013
  • Austenland
  • At Any Price
  • Before Midnight
  • Blue Jasmine
  • The Company You Keep
  • Fill the Void
  • The Gatekeepers
  • I'm So Excited
  • The Invisible Woman
  • Kill Your Darlings
  • Love Is All You Need
  • No
  • The Past
  • The Patience Stone
  • Wadjda
  • 2014
  • For No Good Reason
  • Foxcatcher (co-production with Annapurna Pictures)
  • Island Dreams
  • Jodorowsky's Dune
  • Land Ho!
  • Leviathan
  • Love Is Strange
  • The Lunchbox
  • Magic in the Moonlight
  • Mr. Turner
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • The Raid 2 (co-release with Stage 6 Films)
  • Still Alice
  • Third Person
  • Tim's Vermeer
  • Whiplash
  • 2015
  • Aloft
  • Coming Home
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Grandma
  • Irrational Man
  • The Lady in the Van
  • Merchants of Doubt
  • Red Army
  • Saint Laurent
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Son of Saul
  • Truth
  • Wild Tales
  • 2016
  • The Bronze
  • The Comedian
  • Elle
  • Equity
  • I Saw the Light
  • Julieta
  • Maggie's Plan
  • The Meddler
  • Miles Ahead
  • Toni Erdmann
  • 2017
  • The Red Turtle
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Novitiate
  • Happy End
  • A Fantastic Woman
  • References

    Sony Pictures Classics Wikipedia

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