Former Disney and Lifetime executive Andrea Wong has been hired to run international production at Sony and will replace Kees Abrahams, the former 2waytraffic boss who sold the company to the Hollywood studio in 2008.
Wong will be the London-based president of international production at Sony Pictures Television and president, international, at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Wong’s last job was president of the Lifetime US cable channels. Before that she was executive VP, alternative programming, specials and late night where she was involved with series including Dancing with the Stars.
Sony already produces and distributes numerous unscripted series, which is Wong’s particular area of expertise. Sony is also ramping up activity in terms of securing original scripted programming for its international networks, having commissioned US drama series The Firm for its AXN channels around the world.
Wong said: “There has never been a better time to be globally focused and I look forward to collaborating with Sony’s strong creative team to build and produce great programming worldwide.”
“Andrea’s business acumen and her role in developing successful unscripted programming like Dancing with the Stars, and The Bachelor, make her a perfect fit for SPT,” said SPT president Steve Mosko.
Kees Abrahams, meanwhile, is leaving SPT after three and a half years. He said: “I think it is now time for me to pursue some new commercial opportunities, and I wish Sony well.”