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SPT Ups Weiser in Distribution

Aug 16, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Sony Pictures Television has named John Weiser president of distribution, the company announced last week.

In this newly created position, Mr. Weiser will oversee all domestic sales-including feature films produced by Sony Pictures-first-run and off-network syndicated programs and library titles to broadcast and cable networks and television station groups.

“When you look at the list [of duties] it’s such an array of resources, both the things we have to monetize assetwise and the people I’ll be interacting with, it’s just an exciting opportunity,” Mr. Weiser said.

Mr. Weiser, who is being promoted from executive VP of Sony Pictures Television, will continue to report to Sony President Steve Mosko, who said Mr. Weiser “has proven that he has the special skills necessary to succeed at an independent studio.”

Mr. Weiser started his television career at Tribune Broadcasting, where he managed its Northeast and Midwest sales offices. From there he became head of sales at Chuck Barris Entertainment, and then senior VP at Guber-Peters Entertainment.

In 1990 Mr. Weiser joined Sony as a West Coast account executive, then was promoted through the ranks until being appointed an executive VP in 2002. His recent accomplishments include selling “Spider-Man 2” to Fox and FX. During his tenure Sony made the record-breaking sale of the third cycle of “Seinfeld.” In addition, his team cleared two first-run strips, “Life & Style” and “Pat Croce: Moving In,” which are set to debut this fall in syndication.