CEO Bill Ireton leaves Sony Pictures to launch Indie Banner – The Hollywood Reporter
Bill Ireton, a veteran producer based in Japan, will leave Sony Pictures International Productions to launch his own independent business venture. Ireton said the new company will leverage his long-standing industry relationships in Tokyo and Hollywood to develop and produce content for a variety of global platforms, primarily based on IP from Japan. The new joint venture, whose name has not been disclosed, will begin operations on January 1, 2023.
Ireton begins domestic production for Warner Bros. in Japan in 2007, releasing 49 films over a seven-year period, including Rurou ni Kenshin trilogy of works; do not forgive, directed by Sang-il Lee and based on a film by Clint Eastwood; and Straw Shield, directed by Takashi Miike. He was also involved in the production of Eastwood’s . Letters from Iwo Jimastarring Ken Watanabe.
During his four years at Sony, Ireton directed the production of features including hell dog, Junichi Okada directed by Masato Harada; I Am Makimoto, starring Sadao Abe; and act of violencecurrently showing on Netflix.
Sanford Panitch, president of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group, said in a statement Friday: “I would like to thank Bill for his work over the past few years. Making Japanese films continues to be a top priority for the company. Bill’s experience and connections have contributed to our ongoing efforts in local manufacturing in Japan and we wish him the best of luck with his new business, which I know it’s something he’s wanted to do for a long time.”
“Filming with Sony Pictures over the past four years has been an amazing experience that has helped me open this thrilling new chapter in my career,” said Ireton.
Ireton’s transition to indie production comes at a time when global streaming companies, including Netflix, Disney+ and others, are increasingly optimistic about the live-action scenario space. of Japan as a path to further growth in Japan’s vast domestic market and in the region.