[Culver City, CA – June 2, 2016] Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) today announced that Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Chairman Steve Mosko will step down and transition to a consulting role with the studio. As part of a structural realignment of the television unit, leadership of SPT will be shared among 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. Each will now report directly to Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment.
“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.”
This realignment of SPT’s divisional leadership will streamline management within the television unit and – by having them report directly to SPE’s CEO – will more fully integrate SPT into the broader SPE business.
SPT has become a leader in the production and distribution of television programming around the world, and has been awarded the industry's top honors including the 2013 and 2014 Emmy for Best Drama Series for the hit series Breaking Bad. Some of the 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 andUnderground 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 andGood 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. Additionally, SPT produces critically-acclaimed, highly-rated motion pictures for television including the blockbuster Emmy Award-winner Broken Trail for AMC and ratings record-breaker Hatfields & McCoys for History Channel, among many others. SPT also produces first-run syndicated programs such as syndication's longtime #1 and #2-rated game shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, and the #1 and #2 network daytime serials The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives. The studio also distributes the Emmy-winning syndicated program The Dr. Oz Show, from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions.
Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht
Van Amburg joined the studio in 1997; Erlicht in 2002. They were appointed Presidents of U.S. Programming and Production in 2005, and quickly doubled the unit’s output of original programming. SPT has launched multiple Emmy award-winning shows including Rescue Me, The Shield, Breaking Bad and Shark Tank, in addition to successful original network primetime series including The Blacklist for NBC and The Goldbergs for ABC. SPT also boasts a prolific roster of primetime cable series that includes Better Call Saul and Preacher for AMC, Masters of Sex for Showtime, Outlander for Starz, and Outsiders and Underground for WGN America. The studio is also producing a number of series for digital platforms such as Bloodline, One Day at a Time andThe Get Down for Netflix, Sneaky Pete and Good Girls Revolt for Amazon, Powers for PlayStation, and Shut Eye for Hulu.
Full Van Amburg biography here.
Full Erlicht biography here.
Kaplan is president of worldwide networks for (SPT). He has led the company's global television networks and investments and the tremendous growth and success of SPT's networks portfolio worldwide. 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), which offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 80 million subscriber television network and digital game platform. Kaplan's largest portfolio is in India, where he has played an instrumental role in the growth and success of Sony Pictures Networks India, which operates a group of channels that includes SET, MAX, AATH, SAB, PIX, MIX, SIX, LIV, AXN, Animax, Sony-BBC Earth and Sony-ESPN channel. Kaplan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of NATPE, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the USC Annenberg School's Center for the Digital Future, and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences.
Full Kaplan biography here.
Keith Le Goy
Keith 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. He oversees the international distribution of Sony Pictures' film, television and other content to all media platforms – from terrestrial broadcast, satellite, and cable, to digital and electronic delivery, including video-on-demand, subscription-video-on-demand, electronic sell-through, and mobile.
Full Le Goy biography here.
Amy Carney 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. Prior to joining SPT in 2003, Carney served as vice president, sales, for Univision, where she launched that network’s online sales division and created the national sales and client services team. Carney currently sits on the board of The Women's Entertainment and Technology Board at Digital Hollywood, is involved in the Step Up Organization in Los Angeles, and is a member of World50.
Full Carney biography here.
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