Sony Pictures Television

Sony hires ex-Disney exec as Russia chief

Sony Pictures Television has hired a former Disney Russia producer to run its production business in Russia following the exit of Maria Smirnova to CTC, DTVE’s sister title TBI has learned. Vadim Sokolovsky will oversee SPT Productions Russia and Sony’s locally owned prodco Lean-M Productions as managing director, reporting to SPT’s senior VP, scripted programming […]

Netflix stumping up US$2m per episode for The Blacklist

Netflix has acquired US drama series The Blacklist for a reported US$2 million (€1.5 million) per episode. The streaming service will start showing episodes of the James Spader drama next week, according to Deadline, which broke the news. The series has been a hit for NBC and is in its 22-episode second season on the […]

Sony closes CSC deal and names western Europe channels chief

Sony Pictures Television has closed its deal for the CSC channels group and handed Kate Marsh an expanded role running its pay TV channels in Western Europe. As executive VP, networks, Western Europe, Marsh will oversee all of Sony’s channels in the region including those it recently acquired as part of a deal for CSC […]

Amazon lands US Mad Dogs remake

Amazon Prime Instant Video has reportedly landed the US remake of BSkyB drama Mad Dogs. Left Bank Pictures, the UK-based Sony Pictures Television prodco, is to coproduce a pilot of the scripted format with its parent studio, according to Deadline. This will be part of Amazon’s latest round of piloted projects season, which effectively hands […]

Sony buys UK channels group

Sony Pictures Television has bought CSC Media Group, the UK channel operator. The deal, for an undisclosed amount gives Sony, CSC’s 16 ad-supported digital channels in the UK. Sony struck the agreement with CSC’s main backer, the private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson. It gives SPT 100% of the UK company. CSC runs kids, music, […]

A+E Networks makes senior EMEA hires

A+E Networks has made two senior European appointments, hiring Nickelodeon UK exec Kiaran Saunders as vice president of EMEA and former Sony Pictures Television exec Jon Wildman as VP of ad sales, EMEA. Saunders, who was vice president and commercial director at Nick UK, will be responsible for A+E Networks’ branded channel and digital distribution […]

Vubiquity acquires UK’s FilmFlex

Video platform provider and content aggregator Vubiquity has acquired UK-based white label video-on-demand provider FilmFlex. FilmFlex, jointly onwed by Sony Pictures Television and the Walt Disney Company, delivers customisable VoD storefronts for, amongst others, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Film4 and EE. According to Vubiquity, the deal will bring new licensing and digital storefront capabilities to its […]

A+E launches Lifetime in Latin America

A+E Networks Latin America has teamed up with Sony Pictures Television to launch the female-focused Lifetime channel in Latin America. A+E Networks Latin America, a joint venture between A+E Networks and Ole Communications, and Sony Pictures Television said they will launch Lifetime in Latin America and Brazil in July. The channel will feature scripted drama […]

AXN CE produces first Polish series

Sony Pictures Television’s AXN Central Europe has begun production of its first Polish local content. The channel is to produce a three-part mini-series based on Swedish crime production Morden I Sandhamm, directed by Greg Zgliński and produced by Opus Films. The series will premiere on AXN Poland in the autumn. “Our goal is to produce […]

MTG, Sony sign content deal

Modern Times Group and Sony Pictures Television have signed a multi-year content deal. The agreement hands MTG Sony feature film releases such as The Smurfs, Django Unchained and Men in Black 3. They will be made available on MTG free- and pay-TV channels and the Viaplay online service in the Nordics. “This deal is the first of its kind, […]