If you look at the share performance of some of the biggest media companies over the last two years, roughly since Stringer was named as the first non-Japanese head of Sony, you might be surprised to see Sony among the leaders.
There is evidence to suggest that the new course the company has pursued, not to mention luck and timing - has yielded promising results.
There are three main reasons. One is that Sony has gone a long way toward mending its electronics business, which accounts for roughly two-thirds of an expected $70 billion in sales in the year ended in March 2007.
The PlayStation 2 remains the biggest seller among all gaming systems. And Sony took a big gamble by building new Blu-Ray players into the PS3, which contributed to delays and higher prices.
At the very least, the "Sony United" strategy of Stringer has proved that some of the engineers, marketers and Hollywood types can actually talk to one another.