Sony Pictures Entertainment has set the new executive structure of Sony Pictures Television. With chairman and 23-year Sony veteran Steve Mosko out, his top lieutenants will now report directly to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment. That includes Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, Presidents of Programming and Production; Andy Kaplan, President of Worldwide Networks; Keith Le Goy, President of Distribution; and Amy Carney, President of Advertiser Sales & Research.
“I want to thank Steve for his many years of service at Sony Pictures and for helping to build SPT into the one of the strongest television studios in the business,” said Lynton. “Steve has overseen some of SPT’s greatest triumphs and I wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career. We have incredibly strong leadership within our TV divisions. Zack and Jamie, Andy, Keith and Amy have contributed immeasurably to SPT’s success over the years, and bring the right energy, skill and sophistication to navigate a rapidly changing environment and lead our TV business to even greater heights.”
The rift between SPT and parent SPE (and by Mosko and Lynton) has been well-known. With the new structure, SPE brass hope to “more fully integrate SPT into the broader SPE business” and make the TV operation more nimble. I hear there also will be stronger emphasis on convergence of experience at the technology-driven Sony Corp., where gaming, music and content — both film and television — would be employed to better support electronic devices.
Van Amburg and Erlicht were young, home-grown executives at an SVP level when Mosko picked them to succeed Russ Krasnoff in the top TV programming position in 2005. (Van Amburg had joined the studio in 1997; Erlicht in 2002). Since then, they have spearheaded a decade of rapid expansion of Sony TV’s original series unit.
Some of the TV programs currently in production at the studio include the original network primetime series The Blacklist and The Night Shift for NBC; as well as The Goldbergs, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank and Beyond the Tank for ABC. The studio also produces a prolific roster of primetime cable series including Masters of Sex for Showtime, Preacher and Better Call Saul for AMC, Outlander for Starz and Outsiders and Underground for WGN America. SPT is also producing a number of series for digital platforms such as The Crown, Bloodline, One Day at a Time and The Get Down for Netflix, Sneaky Pete and Good Girls Revolt for Amazon, Powers for PlayStation, and Shut Eye for Hulu. Around the world, the studio is a leader in local production, with shows like Anonima in Latin America, The 80s in Russia, and The Halcyon in the UK.
SPT is coming off a strong upfront season with several high-profile new series, including dramas Timeless, which landed the post-Voice Monday slot on NBC; Notorious, slotted behind Grey’s Anatomy on ABC; and The Blacklist spinoff, as well as comedy Kevin Can Wait starring Kevin James on CBS, which will launch behind The Big Bang Theory before anchoring the Monday lineup at 8 PM.
Kaplan oversees SPT’s branded networks, including AXN, Sony Channel, Animax, and Crackle as well as SPT’s majority stake in GSN (a joint venture with AT&T). Kaplan’s largest portfolio is in India, where he has played an instrumental role in the growth and success of Sony Pictures Networks India.
Le Goy has served as president, international distribution, for SPT since 2008. He manages all distribution for SPE’s international television division, directing the company’s licensing operations outside the United States.
Carney, who joined the company in 2003, is president, advertiser sales & research for Sony Pictures Television, where she leads the worldwide research group, which conducts and assembles all program, sales, channels and corporate research, and oversees the sale of commercial inventory in SPT’s first-run and off-network programs.