Sony Pictures Entertainment suspended business operations in Russia

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March 11 (Reuters)Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Friday it had suspended business operations in Russia, two weeks after the studio suspended theatrical releases in the country.

In a message to staff, Sony Pictures Entertainment President Tony Vinciquerra wrote that the studio would halt planned home entertainment releases, including “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and any future television distribution deals. Crunchyroll has also suspended its anime streaming service in Russia.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and we hope a peaceful solution can be found soon,” Vinciquerra wrote.

Sony Pictures is a unit of Sony Corp 6758.T.

The movie studio’s decision to suspend operations, amid growing concerns over violence in Ukraine, follows similar steps earlier this week by Sony Music and Sony Interactive Entertainment, which halted software and hardware shipments. .

(Reporting by Dawn Chmielewski in Los Angeles; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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