Sony Pictures Television is teaming up with corporate sibling the Game Show Network for the companies’ first joint upfront presentation to advertisers. Live viewing and game shows’ capacity for brand integration will be two key areas of focus, an announcement said. In addition to staples like Jeopardy and some new programming, the pitch will also feature The Good Doctor, a marquee Sony property coming to the off-network syndication market in September.
“What’s for dinner?” is the key question that Sony Pictures Television’s new first-run strip, The Good Dish, aims to answer for audiences as it attempts to fill the gap left by the departed Dr. Oz. Five days a week, hosts Daphne Oz, Top Chef’s Gail Simmons and Food Network’s Jamika Pessoa get together to share recipes, offer tips and interview celebrities. The one-hour show is an expanded version of a weekly segment that has aired during Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz for the past several years.
The long-running daytime syndication series The Dr. Oz Show will come to an end on Jan. 14, 2022, distributor Sony Pictures Television said today. The fate of the show, which had been renewed until 2023, became uncertain after host Mehmet Oz announced his candidacy for Senate in Pennsylvania, with the Fox stations in New York and Philadelphia pulling the program right away. The Dr. Oz Show spinoff, The Good Dish, hosted by Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, Gail Simmons and Jamika Pessoa, has been picked up by station groups across the country that carry The Dr. Oz Show, including Fox, which had been The Dr. Oz Show’s core station group, Hearst, Nexstar, Gray and Sinclair.
Co-president Jason Clodfelter, working with established showrunners including Shawn Ryan, hopes the program provides emerging writers with the practical experience they need to run their own shows.
With Jeopardy in a host vacuum following the botched search for a successor to the beloved Alex Trebek, Sony Pictures Television has locked in the hosts of its other hugely popular — and profitable — syndicated game show, Wheel of Fortune. Pat Sajak and Vanna White have agreed to continue hosting the show through the 2023-24 season. As part of the deal, Sajak has added consulting producer to his responsibilities.
John Weiser, president, first-run television at Sony Pictures Television, is leaving the studio after more than 30 years. Weiser, who has been responsible for successfully negotiating multiple cycles of Seinfeld syndicated sales in the U.S. among a plethora of deals, will exit in September. Sources say he’s unlikely to be replaced directly, with his responsibilities taken over by other execs.
Richards had signed an overall development deal with Sony in 2019, and became executive producer of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune in May 2020. He quickly became controversial when he went from behind-the-scenes to Sony’s pick for host of Jeopardy — even before his 2013-14 podcast comments demeaning women and making stereotypical comments about Asian, Jews and others surfaced.
Anthony Morina , the executive producer of The Young and the Restless allegedly made repeated advances toward actress Briana Thomas, commented on her body, offered her a “private acting lesson” and had her fired when she rebuffed him, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday against Morina and Sony Pictures Television.
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.