Sony Pictures Television Studios is merging three departments under a single executive as Sony’s new TV chairman Mike Hopkins shakes things up.
“Set to merge are Sony TV’s global networks operations, worldwide distribution and home entertainment,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports. “All three divisions will be merged into what Sony is calling a territory management model in which key services will be centralized to divide integrated programming, operations, creative services and sales functions. As part of the change, Sony will establish a direct-to-consumer unit charged with audience engagement and building new platforms.”
Keith Le Goy will oversee the regional leaders in each territory. “Le Goy in February added oversight of home entertainment when worldwide networks president Andy Kaplan, home entertainment topper Man Jit Singh and president and CMO Sheraton Kalouria departed,” THR notes. “Le Goy now oversees Sony distribution, home entertainment and worldwide networks.
Sony is also reviving its first-run syndication business under John Weiser, who steps into the newly created role of president of First Run TV, reporting to Hopkins. “Weiser will identify and sell first-run syndicaiton properties and partner with Holly Jacobs for U.S. production, Micahel Davies for Embassy Row and Wayne Garvie’s international production teams,” THR reports.