No. 8

President of worldwide music/executive VP of theatrical, Sony Pictures Entertainment


Much of Lia Vollack’s energies were invested in a film that won’t be released until late 2014—“Annie”—and a score-driven work set for summer, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” For “Annie,” vocal performances have been recorded, and the film is in the middle of shooting. “Getting new songs that work with the older material was crucial, and making sure they captured the energy of the originals but worked with the modern-day setting,” she says. Among her triumphs in 2013 were the One Direction concert documentary “This Is Us,” securing the services of Britney Spears for “The Smurfs 2” and bringing new music from Paul McCartney and Cody Simpson to “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.” Next up is “American Hustle,” the soundtrack for which will be released by Sony Pictures’ Madison Gate label. Work with composers and directors also falls under her purview, which this year included Henry Jackman for “Captain Phillips” and Danny Elfman for “American Hustle.” “All music has to do storytelling work,” Vollack says. “The difference with the score is that it starts totally from nothing. With songs, you know the pieces. Right now there’s not a reason, other than filmmaking, to use a lot of songs. They’re not marketing tools, and they’re not inexpensive.” —Phil Gallo