The veteran scripted television executive who is credited with shaping Sony Pictures Television’s business in scripted remakes is exiting the company. Variety reports that Jeff Lerner is headed out.
Lerner is credited with bringing versions of “Everybody Loves Raymond” to Russia and “Mad About You” to Argentina, among many other moves.
“The outgoing executive is well-regarded in international drama circles, notably in the scripted formats business,” Variety notes in its exclusive report. “In Sony’s case, that effort has led to foreign broadcasters making local versions of ‘Breaking Bad’ and a host of other U.S. drama and sitcoms.”
Variety adds: “’Everybody Loves Raymond’ got the remake treatment in India, Israel, the Middle East, and Poland, among other territories, during Lerner’s tenure. He was also instrumental in launching SPT’s Russian business and its Moscow office, landing a host of Russian deals and often bringing in U.S. writing talent to help shape the local series.”
The report notes that Lerner is exiting the company to focus on production.