Sony Pictures Television distribution veteran John Weiser exits


Veteran Sony Pictures Television (SPT) exec John Weiser is stepping down after more than 30 years with the company.

Weiser was most recently president of first-run TV at SPT, where he worked on deals involving Seinfeld, and before that had been president of distribution for features & TV.

He is unlikely to be replaced with his remit spread across existing execs, according to US trade Deadline, which broke the news.

Weiser’s exit comes four months after Sony hired former Disney Television president Ravi Ahuja as chairman of its global TV studios.

Ahuja took up the remit previously held by Mike Hopkins, who joined Amazon Studios last year, with oversight of Sony Pictures Television (SPT)’s domestic and international productions. The appointment was a rejig of sorts for Sony, which had previously handed Hopkins’ remit to SPE’s president of worldwide distribution and networks Keith LeGoy.

In a note to staff, Abuja praised Weiser’s “key role” in selling rights to Seinfeld, adding that his “track record and tenure speak for themselves.”

Weiser’s next move is not yet known.

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