Zucker’s retirement comes after 36 years in the industry and 27 with Sony Pictures. Under Zucker’s leadership, Sony Pictures has surpassed $1 billion at the international box office in 11 of the 12 years, including 2011. Since Zucker took over the reins of international distribution in 2001, SPRI has delivered 36 $100 million-plus releases and over $14 billion in box office.
O’Dell joined Sony Pictures in 2005 as a vice president and was promoted to senior vice president in 2009.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Distribution president Rory Bruer said, “Mark is a highly regarded, well-respected, and well-liked executive in our company and industry. We are sorry to see him go, but we are happy for him – he’s worked hard for this moment. We all dream of retiring when we’re on top, but Mark has been on top for many years – we are thrilled to see him enjoy this next chapter. We also are thrilled to have Steven as our new International President. Steven is innovative, collaborative, and a strong leader. His promotion is well-earned.”