The Sony Pictures Entertainment vice-chairman and chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution said on Tuesday (22) he will leave the studio on August 1 to pursue other opportunities.
“I have had a great 22 years here at Sony Pictures and have worked for and with some amazing people,” said Blake. “I have tremendous respect for Michael and Amy, and I wish them and the great team at Sony nothing but the best.”
“I want to thank Jeff for his 22 years of loyal commitment and service to SPE,” said SPE chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. “We are grateful for his incredible achievements and accomplishments. Jeff has had a unique ability to positively impact nearly everyone at the company. We will miss him and wish him the best in the future.”
“I have worked side-by-side with Jeff for more than two decades,” said SPE co-chairman and chairman of SPE motion picture group Amy Pascal. “He is the best partner anyone could ever want. We have benefitted greatly from his wisdom and genius. As sad as I am about his decision to leave, we all wish only the best possible things for him.”
During his tenure, Blake led the marketing campaigns for all five Spider-Man films, the studio’s biggest franchise that is closing in on $4bn at the worldwide box office.
The executive oversaw the launch of every Men In Black and Robert Langdon franchises, as well as the three top James Bond earners including Skyfall.
Blake joined SPE in 1992 and climbed to president of Sony Pictures Releasing two years later. He has served as vice-chairman of SPE since 2002 and as chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures since 2005.
Before that he Blake worked at Paramount Pictures and the Walt Disney Company.