Think of Sony Pictures Television as clutching the rose, and Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric and Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings and Buzzy Cohen among the suitors so far, with more to come including Robin Roberts, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and LeVar Burton. Sony has “the most robust team of people I have ever seen looking at this and analyzing it in a very cerebral way,” said Executive Producer Mike Richards. “It’s a real change from the way casting has traditionally been done on television.”
After debuting in September in Meredith’s 12 markets, the daily half-hour newsmagazine is rolling out nationwide with distribution by Sony Pictures Television.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A brand new life is ahead for the vintage sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” and its devoted fans. Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are set to reprise their father-daughter roles for a sequel that’s in the works at Sony Pictures Television, the studio said Tuesday. The original series created by Martin Cohan […]
Sony Pictures Television and the Fox Television Stations are partnering on a four-week test of off-Game Show Network’s Common Knowledge starting Aug. 3, the partners said Monday.
After A&E decided to cancel its top-rated show, Live PD, in the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality, Sony Pictures Television has followed suit and asked stations to pull the show’s syndicated spin-off, Live PD Police Patrol, which SPT distributes. Stations are taking the show off their air this week, a SPT spokeswoman confirmed.
Sony Pictures Television is moving ahead with The Good Dish, a new syndicated daytime series from The Dr. Oz Show producers, which is on track for a fall 2020 launch. Hosted by Daphne Oz (MasterChef Junior), Vanessa Williams, Gail Simmons (Top Chef) and Jamika Pessoa (The Next Food Star), The Good Dish spinoff grew out of weekly cooking segments featured on The Dr. Oz Show.
Harry Friedman, executive producer of both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, will retire when his contract expires on May 1, 2020, Sony Pictures Television, which produces both of the veteran syndicated games, said today.
The new syndicated talk show now has been sold in 90% of the U.S. for a Sept. 16 launch.
In an effort to produce quality shows on a leaner budget, Sony Pictures Television is launching a yet-to-be-named boutique TV production label inspired by independent film. Leading the team as head of creative is Marie Jacobson, who was most recently EVP of programming and production for the company’s networks group.
Zack Hernandez, SVP of U.S. syndication sales for the western region, will lead U.S. syndication sales for Sony Pictures Television, said Flory Bramnick, EVP, distribution, to whom he will report. Hernandez is replacing Philip Martzolf who is stepping down as EVP, U.S. syndication sales at the end of February.
Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Broadcasting have teamed for a syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Mel Robbins. The one-hour show is sold in over 31% of the country and is slated to debut in fall 2019.
Sony Pictures TV on Wednesday laid off a number of employees at its programming, home entertainment, and worldwide distribution divisions as part of its on-going consolidation at the company. The exact number of job cuts is unknown, but an insider confirmed that several people were let go. Sony declined to comment.
Amy Carney is stepping down as Sony Pictures TV’s head of advertising sales, strategy and research, a departure that marks the latest management transition at the studio’s TV wing. Carney had been with Sony since 2003 and had served as president of advertising sales since 2007.
In her new role as SVP of U.S. business affairs, she’ll expand her responsibilities to include overseeing crossover international productions for the Sony Pictures Television International Groups as well as supervising junior business affairs executives across various platforms. She will continue her current U.S. domestic production responsibilities.
Sony Pictures Television will distribute all Tegna owned first-run programming, including the new series Daily Blast Live, as well as future development. The deal aims to “collectively launch shows to air on Tegna stations, with the goal of increasing their national footprint in broadcast and cable.”
Also, Tolleah Price joins the Hearst weekly syndicated political magazine as its first supervising producer.
Multiple sources reveal to TVLine that Sony, which produced the beloved NBC sitcom, has begun informal talks with leads Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt about bringing the series back for a limited run. Reiser, who also co-created Mad About You with Danny Jacobson, is allegedly leading the charge to resurrect the show.
Alibaba Group Holding’s video streaming service, Youku Tudou, has signed content licensing deals with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television, marking a deeper foray into entertainment for the Chinese e-commerce giant.
Eric Berger, who has run Sony Pictures Television Networks’ Crackle for the past six years, is expanding his duties with the additional post of chief digital officer of SPT Networks.
Hopkins is leaving the streaming platform and moving to Sony Pictures Television, where he will fill the chairman role vacated by Steve Mosko. Randy Freer, who currently serves on the Hulu board, and has been president-COO of the Fox Networks Group since 2013, will take over as CEO at Hulu.
Hearst Television’s weekly political magazine hosted by Soledad O’Brien will kick off again later this month with 85% U.S. coverage via 126 stations.
More than a month after Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg stunned industry observers with their move from Sony Pictures Television to Apple, the independent studio has found their replacements. Jeff Frost will oversee the business side of the independent studio, while drama execs Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell will oversee the creative side.
The company’s hiring of two respected leaders — Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht — who cultivated shows like Breaking Bad at Sony Pictures Television, signaled to Hollywood that Apple is serious about original programming.
Sony Pictures Television presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht are exiting the company. The two executives will leave Sony later this summer to pursue a new project.
Harry Friedman (right) is the executive producer of two of the most enduring and successful syndicated programs of all time: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. He is one of television’s most prolific producers, and his success is marked by his ability to maintain the traditions of both long-running shows while tweaking each just enough to keep them current and on the cutting edge. He will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on April 28 at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
The weekly political magazine show from Hearst hosted by Soledad O’Brien adds affiliates in New York, San Francisco and Hartford, Conn., boosting its performance in key demos. In the fall it expands into Nashville.