Executive Vice President
Paula Askanas is executive vice president, communications, Sony Pictures Television (SPT). In this role, she oversees business and trade press, and internal communication for the television company worldwide, disseminating information about the developments, positions and scope of SPT's operations to US and international media and to SPT employees. Her oversight includes work on behalf of the businesses and executive teams for production, channels and distribution in the United States, EMEA, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and India, as well as US advertiser sales. Additionally, Askanas handles the media relations for SPT's digital businesses, including SPE's premium video website Crackle, and SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio, including branded networks AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, and Animax. Askanas interacts closely with SPT's department heads to deliver the company's position and activities to both domestic and international media outlets.
Most recently, Askanas served as senior vice president, media relations for SPT. She joined the company as a director, working on consumer press for the studio's television series, and was subsequently promoted to vice president and senior vice president. Her duties expanded when Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) merged its U.S. television operations in 2001 to create Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, which then became SPT. Askanas' role transitioned from consumer to business communications in 2005 and then expanded again when the group's US and international groups were combined. Before joining the studio, Askanas held posts with CBS and NBC News.
She is a graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu.