Sony Pictures Television

Steve Mosko leaving Sony

Sony Pictures Television boss Steve Mosko is leaving after more than two decades at the studio. US trade Variety broke the news yesterday, and although Sony declined to comment, Mosko’s exit has now been widely reported in the US. Variety, citing three sources, said Mosko was departing after failing to agree terms on a new […]

Sony promotes Kalouria

Sony Pictures Television has promoted Sheraton Kalouria to president and chief marketing officer. He will continue to report to Steve Mosko, chairman, SPT. In this newly expanded role, Kalouria will now oversee consumer products licensing for SPT series and brands as part of the division’s global marketing function. Kalouria will have oversight of SPT’s consumer […]

‘Landmark’ pan-Euro Sony deal for Sky

Sky has struck its first-ever pan-European movie output agreement. A deal with Sony Pictures Television gives the UK-based satcaster multi-year access to new Sony feature films such as Ghostbusters, Angry Birds and Money Monster, including for the first time ultra HD movies. Previously, Sky and Sony had territory-by-territory agreements, but with Sky recently promoting director […]

Sony buys Turkish channels group

Sony Pictures Television has taken a majority stake in Turkey-based channels group Planet TV. Pending regulatory clearance, SPT will own four Turkish free-to-air channels. These comprise drama and telenovela net Planet Pembe, Turkish movie net Planet Turk, cooking channel Planet Mutfak and Planet Cocuk, which focuses on local kid TV programming. SPT has formed a […]

Sony Pictures Television to launch UK True Crime channel

Sony Pictures Television is due to launch a new UK channel dedicated to “back-to-back crime content” later this month. True Crime will launch on March 22 and be available on Freeview channel 60, Sky channel 185 and Freesat channel 143. The channel is the latest addition to Sony Pictures Television’s ‘True’ channel portfolio, which already […]

Sony sells 80% of Russian channels operation

Sony Pictures Television has offloaded 80% of its Russian channels operation to comply with new foreign ownership laws in the country. SPT is the latest international channels group to be hit by the Russian media regulations, which restrict non-Russian companies to small stake in channels. Accordingly, SPT has offloaded an 80% stake in its Russian […]

TRX hires Walker from Sony

Soon-to-launch rights trading platform TRX has hired Sarah Walker as its marketing chief. Walker joins from Sony Pictures Television and becomes chief marketing officer at TRX, which will roll out in the next few months and offer content owners a platform to sell their rights digitally. TRX, which is the brainchild of former RDF and […]

SPT to close Viasat Hungary deal after gaining approval

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is set to finalise its acquisition of Modern Times Group’s (MTG’s) Hungarian Viasat3 and Viasat6 TV channels and Viasat Play VoD service, after gaining regulatory approval. SPT said that it expects to close the deal in the coming days after getting the green light from the Hungarian Competition Authority. The news […]

Sony poaches ABC exec for international post

Sony Pictures Television has poached an ABC Entertainment Group programming chief for a new international post. Jodie Platt has been named VP, programming and development, international production at the Culver City-based studio. She was previously VP, current programming at the entertainment arm of broadcast network ABC. Having been in that post for four years, she […]

BT, AMC plots free Fear launch in UK

UK pay TV platform BT will make the first episode of Fear the Walking Dead available to all British viewers on its BT Showcase channel on Freeview. AMC launches on Friday (August 28) exclusively on BT TV, but the first episode of Fear, which launched in the US to record-breaking ratings yesterday, will debut on […]