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Right off the bat, Stringer wasn’t just running a conglomerate: He’d become a cultural diplomat, morale builder, cheerleader and referee. Japanese managers couldn’t believe they were being fired, studio brass were terrified they’d be out on the street, the music guys wanted to pick each other off.

Reading this Variety piece and talking with people close to Sony it appears that Sir Howard Stringer is doing the necessary to turn things around. The next generation high def DVD format wars were always going to come down to who blinks first. I think its fair to say that so long as Sir Howard stays in the saddle it is not going to be Sony. Interesting times ahead.

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