Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'The Maze Runner" Finally Dethrones 'Lucy' With $37 Million Overseas Weekend 'The Maze Runner" Finally Dethrones 'Lucy' With $37 Million Overseas Weekend David Fincher's 'Gone Girl" Ready For Its NYFF Close-Up This Week David Fincher's 'Gone Girl" Ready For Its NYFF Close-Up This Week 'Maze Runner' Gallops To $33 Million Debut...Liam, Tina and Jason Lag Far Behind 'Maze Runner' Gallops To $33 Million Debut...Liam, Tina and Jason Lag Far Behind Weekend Box Office Projections: Will Moviegoers Make It Into The Maze? Weekend Box Office Projections: Will Moviegoers Make It Into The Maze? TIFF Tweets: Social Media Reactions to Day 4's Screenings at the Toronto Film Festival TIFF Tweets: Social Media Reactions to Day 4's Screenings at the Toronto Film Festival No Argument (Clinic) Here: Event Cinema's 'Monty Python Live (mostly)' Scores Amazing $6.8 Million Worldwide No Argument (Clinic) Here: Event Cinema's 'Monty Python Live (mostly)' Scores Amazing $6.8 Million Worldwide 'Cantinflas" Spicy In Debut, 'Italy' Continues To Seduce Moviegoers and 'Chef' Tops $30 Mil In This Week's Hit Or Miss 'Cantinflas" Spicy In Debut, 'Italy' Continues To Seduce Moviegoers and 'Chef' Tops $30 Mil In This Week's Hit Or Miss Fincher, 'Fury' and Festival Fare: Box Office Insider's Guide To Fall At The Movies Fincher, 'Fury' and Festival Fare: Box Office Insider's Guide To Fall At The Movies Watch as Seth Rogen Tells Producers to Never Give Up if They Have a Good Story Watch as Seth Rogen Tells Producers to Never Give Up if They Have a Good Story It's Never Too Early For 2015 Oscar Predictions It's Never Too Early For 2015 Oscar Predictions "Guardians" Rocket To $94 Mil Weekend, James Brown Bio Gets On Up To Only $14 Mil "Guardians" Rocket To $94 Mil Weekend, James Brown Bio Gets On Up To Only $14 Mil BOI Weekly:  Updated Alternative Content/Event Cinema Release Schedule BOI Weekly: Updated Alternative Content/Event Cinema Release Schedule New Trailer Drops For Jean-Marc Valle's "Wild" With Reese Witherspoon New Trailer Drops For Jean-Marc Valle's "Wild" With Reese Witherspoon Joon-ho Bong's "Snowpiercer" and Whitey Bulger Lead A Full Plate Of Indie Offerings This Week Joon-ho Bong's "Snowpiercer" and Whitey Bulger Lead A Full Plate Of Indie Offerings This Week Happiness Is Defined As The New UK Trailer Dropping For Simon Pegg's "Hector And The Search For Happiness" Happiness Is Defined As The New UK Trailer Dropping For Simon Pegg's "Hector And The Search For Happiness" Thanksgiving Gets A Box Office Boost As "Penguins Of Madagascar" Moves to November 26th Thanksgiving Gets A Box Office Boost As "Penguins Of Madagascar" Moves to November 26th Nibble Bits #2" Fox's New "Gracepoint" Nibble Bits #2" Fox's New "Gracepoint" Updated List Of This Summer's Imax, 3D and D-Box Releases Updated List Of This Summer's Imax, 3D and D-Box Releases Top 10 Performances By The Late, Great Bob Hoskins Top 10 Performances By The Late, Great Bob Hoskins Nibble Bits--Little Pieces of Quick, Fun Content--Carl Rinsch's "The Gift" Nibble Bits--Little Pieces of Quick, Fun Content--Carl Rinsch's "The Gift"

Another Day, Another Sony Departure as Head of WW Creative Tommy Gargotta To Exit

Box Office Insider By Jim Amos | Box Office Insider July 31, 2014 at 10:52AM

In yet another key executive departure, it was announced last night that Sony Pictures' head of Worldwide Creative Advertising Tommy Garotta would be leaving the company.
0
Sony Pictures


When my dad used to take me to Red Sox games as a kid I remember this one guy who used to sell programs outside of Fenway Park.  His sales pitch (which he delivered at the top of his lungs and in a horrible South Boston accent) was "Programs!  Can't tell the players without a program!"  It's beginning to feel that way at Sony Pictures these days.  Last night's departure of Worldwide Creative Advertising head Tommy Gargotta continues a tidal wave of exits that have touched virtually every department within the company (which as a side note, announced that the movie division had posted a surprise profit for the quarter-go figure).

Gargotta is one of the finest creative marketing minds in the business and to say he had his own style is indeed an understatement.  When it was announced that I would be taking over as head of Distribution back in 2009, Tommy sent me an email congratulating me and alerting me to the fact that our two offices would be directly next to each other and that he had a slight tendency to play his trailer cuts at a rather high level.  Now mind you, my office in New York was next to the Publicity people, who were all accustomed to using the communication device of screaming as loud as possible at each other from their respective offfices as the norm so I figured I was sufficiently prepared for whatever Tommy could throw at me.  Mercy, how wrong I was.  Basically, he lived the quote from "This Is Spinal Tap" of "But this goes to 11".  Whenever he and his crew were working on a trailer he'd play the new cut at a level not heard since the Normandy invasion and toss in the occasional guitar playing and it was never dull having an office next to Tommy.

One thing was for certain, I saw his imagination, his dedication and his enthusiasm to make a specific piece of content the absolute best it could be.  He has a brilliant creative mind and I wish him well. 

This article is related to: Daily News, Sony Pictures


E-Mail Updates





Upcoming Imax Titles

2014
9/5 Forrest Gump
9/26 The Equalizer

Upcoming D-Box Titles

2014
9/19 The Maze Runner

Upcoming 3D Titles

2014
9/26 The Equalizer
10/3 Annabelle

Studio Market Share

Thru August 3rd
1. Fox 18.1% 1,156m
2. Warner Brothers 15.7 998m

Major Film Festivals

8/6 - 8/16 Locarno
8/27 - 9/6 Venice Film Festival