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COMPANY TOWN : Sony Fills New-Technologies Post

January 04, 1994

Sony Corp. of America has appointed Matt Rothman director of new business development and research for its new-technologies division. Rothman, previously a finance and technology writer for Daily Variety, will analyze business opportunities in emerging technologies, coordinate corporate research on new technology and work closely with third-party alliances.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hired Paramount executive Larry Gleason as president of worldwide theatrical distribution for its MGM/UA Distribution Co.

Gleason most recently was president of the theatrical exhibition group at Paramount. In joining MGM, Gleason rejoins his former boss, Frank Mancuso, the former chairman of Paramount Pictures who was tapped to run MGM in July.

Gleason's hiring fills the last major spot in Mancuso's new MGM team, which is trying to rebuild the studio for its owner, French bank Credit Lyonnais.

Susan Wrenn has been promoted to senior vice president and media director of the marketing division of Paramount Pictures' motion picture group.

Lisa E. Davis has been named partner at the entertainment law firm Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, the first African American to be made a partner at the firm.

Davis' clients include filmmakers Spike Lee and Leslie Harris, author Terry McMillan and Chuck D of musical group Public Enemy.

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