Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 to Honor Sony Entertainment, Inc. CEO Michael Lynton with the Inaugural Order of the Golden

Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 to Honor Sony Entertainment, Inc. CEO Michael
          Lynton with the Inaugural Order of the Golden Sphinx Award

Award Recognizes Exemplary Service to the Arts and Entertainment Industry

Gala Celebration to Take Place in New York on Monday, March 4, 2013

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 12, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hasty Pudding Institute of
1770, the oldest collegiate club in the United States, announced today it will
honor Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc., with the first Order of
the Golden Sphinx award at a gala ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental in New
York on March 4, 2013. Graduate Chairman and Grand Sphinx, Andrew Farkas will
host the event. To date, co-chairs include: Richard Plepler, Leon and Debra
Black, William Lauder, Barry and Mimi Sternlicht, Andrea Olshan, Jamie Dinan
and Elizabeth Miller and Bob Pittman and Veronique Choa.

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The Order of the Golden Sphinx- a traditional symbol of the Hasty Pudding
Institute –is the highest honor bestowed by the Institute and recognizes
individuals in the entertainment industry for their extraordinary
contributions to the performing arts. The recipient represents the
Institute's mission to support and foster the performing arts within its
membership, at Harvard and the community at large. This award also marks the
first time the Hasty Pudding Institute has celebrated an industry leader. The
Hasty Pudding Theatricals is best known for the Man and Woman of the Year
Award honoring actors and actresses, most recently Claire Danes and Jason
Segel.

"There is no one more deserving of the first Order of the Golden Sphinx than
Michael Lynton," said Andrew Farkas, Graduate Chairman, Hasty Pudding
Institute. "Throughout his career he has demonstrated a deep appreciation and
dedication to enhancing the arts through both personal commitment and arts
education support."

Lynton, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature from Harvard
College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School
and currently serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers, embraces the
Institute's mission and its valuable contributions to the arts on a local and
global stage. Professionally, in positions at Disney, Pearson plc, Time
Warner, AOL and Sony, Lynton has turned that passion into a successful career
at various points managing all aspects of the business of books, music, film
and television. For nearly a decade, he has served as the Chairman and CEO of
movie and television studio Sony Pictures Entertainment and was recently
promoted to CEO of Sony Entertainment Inc., adding Sony's music publishing and
releasing arms to his oversight of entertainment for the company. Under
Lynton's leadership of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the division has been a
champion for the arts and education broadly through programs in conjunction
with philanthropic organizations, governmental groups and academic
institutions. Specifically, Sony Pictures has supported efforts to supplement
the arts curriculum in California public schools. One notable program is,
Arts for All, the Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education.
This  initiative is designed to insure that 1.6 million public school students
in Los Angeles County receive a high-quality K-12 education, of which the arts
are an intrinsic part of the core curriculum.Sony Pictures helped to
establish and continues to support The Culver City High School Academy of
Visual and Performing Arts Sony Pictures Media Arts Program and The Front
Center Theater Collaborative. Outside of Sony, Lynton is active in additional
civic and corporate board positions including Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, the Rand Corporation, Modern Times Group and the Broadcasting Board of
Governors.

ABOUT THE HASTY PUDDING INSTITUTE
The Hasty Pudding Institute is a philanthropic society and its mission is to
advance the arts and education for community at large. The Institute is
comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club, The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and The
Harvard Krokodiloes. The Hasty Pudding Club is the oldest collegiate club in
the United States (boasting 5 U.S. Presidents as members). The Hasty Pudding
Theatricals is the third oldest theatrical group in the world, behind only the
Comedie-Francaise and The Oberammergau Passion Players. The Theatricals has
produced an original, full-length musical farce virtually every year since
it's founding with this year's play being its 165th. The Harvard Krokodiloes
is amongst the oldest and most distinguished a capella groups in the world.



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SOURCE The Hasty Pudding Institute
 
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