Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT slate includes critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms, the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, and landmark off-network series.
To serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
SPT is led by Chairman Mike Hopkins, who oversees all television production, distribution and marketing operations globally for the studio, as well as Sony Pictures Entertainment’s (SPE) media networks business. Jeff Frost is President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, the production side of SPE’s television business, concurrently, Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter serve as Co-Presidents. Andy Kaplan is President of Worldwide Networks; Keith Le Goy is President of Distribution; and Amy Carney is President of Advertiser Sales & Research. Together they lead the largest independent television studio, overseeing the production of programming around the world, plus distribution, channels and digital networks, as well as advertiser sales. SPT programming has been awarded Primetime and Daytime Emmys, Golden Globes, WGA awards, Peabody awards, GLAAD awards, AFI awards, Prism awards, Banff International Rockies and Ace Eddie awards, among others.
SPT has proudly produced hits for cable, broadcast, syndication and digital distribution such as The Good Doctor, S.W.A.T., The Blacklist, The Goldbergs, Shark Tank, Outlander, Better Call Saul, Kevin Can Wait, One Day at a Time, $100,000 Pyramid, The Gong Show, The Crown and Timeless.
Leading SPT's distribution efforts is Keith Le Goy, who represents all of the studio's current and library feature films, television series, short form series and movies for television. SPT acts as the sales agent for all feature films released by Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems and Sony's Acquisitions Film Group. The library is filled with more than fifty years of the world's favorite programs, more than 4,000 theatrical films and 150,000 episodes of more than 500 series including 12 Academy Award winners for best picture and 177 prime time Emmy Award winners in multiple categories.
Outside the U.S., SPT is a leader in scripted format sales and producing original local versions of hit series worldwide. Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, oversees the creative team based in London as well as 20 owned and joint venture production companies, who produce original series and formats, both scripted and light entertainment.
Overseen by president Andy Kaplan, Sony Pictures Television Networks comprise over 180 channel feeds reaching nearly two billion subscribers worldwide, with a portfolio of linear and digital brands including AXN, Animax, Sony Channel, and Crackle. In India, Sony Pictures Networks is among the country's leading television channel operators, with a channels including SET, MAX, MAX2, SAB, PIX, AXN, AATH, MIX, SIX, Sony ESPN, LIV, Sony BBC Earth and Sony TEN Sports. In the U.S. SPT owns television network Sony Movie Channel, Cine Sony Television, getTV and is part owner of cable channel GSN.
Sony Pictures Television Networks digital offerings include the studio's premium multi-platform ad-supported OTT entertainment network, Crackle, which programs original series and full-length traditional programming from movies and television shows from Hollywood's top studios. Building on its success in the U.S., Crackle is now available in 21 countries, including Canada, Australia, Latin America, Brazil and Argentina.
Sony Pictures Television's U.S advertiser sales unit, headed by Amy Carney, president, advertiser sales, strategy and research, is one of the premier national advertising sales companies, providing advertising opportunities in SPT's highly successful off-network and first-run syndicated series. SPT advertiser sales also handles the commercial inventory for their syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOz.com. SPT is the majority stakeholder in IMS, Latin America's leading digital ad company.
SPT's rich history dates back to 1948, when Screen Gems, the original television division of Columbia Pictures, became the first small-screen business created by a major studio. Screen Gems was renamed Columbia Pictures Television in 1974. In the late 1980s, with the advent of the TriStar Pictures banner that co-existed with Columbia Pictures, TriStar Television became another production entity within the studio. During that time, Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear's Tandem Productions/T.A.T Communications Company, as well as Embassy Television, were purchased by The Coca-Cola Company, which was then the owner of Columbia Pictures, and those production companies' myriad series became part of the SPT library. In 1994, the studio's two television units, Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television, merged to form Columbia TriStar Television. For consistency and to accurately reflect its association with Sony Pictures Entertainment, that moniker was changed to Sony Pictures Television in 2002.
For more than half a century, SPT has entertained the public with timeless programs in every genre. The studio is dedicated to producing and distributing exceptional programming to audiences around the world.