Betty La Fea


Sony hires ex-Disney exec as Russia chief

Sony Pictures Television has hired a former Disney Russia producer to run its production business in Russia following the exit of Maria Smirnova to CTC, TBI has learned. Vadim Sokolovsky will oversee SPT Productions Russia and Sony’s locally owned prodco Lean-M Productions as managing director, reporting to SPT’s senior VP, scripted programming and international production […]

Sony scales back Middle East production, Kebbi exiting

Sony Pictures Television Arabia’s president Ziad Kebbi is exiting the business as part of a restructure that will scale back production operations in the Middle East, TBI can reveal. TBI understands SPT is scaling down its Dubai, UAE headquarters, closing down its production office in Beirut, Lebanon and reducing operations at its Cairo, Egypt base. […]

News brief: OSN orders Arabic Betty and Raymonds

Sony Pictures Television has secured an order for its local version of Betty La Fea and Everybody Loves Raymond from OSN, the pay TV platform that covers the Middle East and Africa. OSN will premiere the SPT Arabia-produced Arabic Betty La Fea, which will be known as Hebal Regal El Ghorab (which translates as ‘Crow’s […]

Russian channel to adapt NZ Cult drama

State broadcaster Rossiya 1 has commissioned a Russian version of Kiwi mystery drama The Cult. The VGTRK-owned channel has ordered local prodco Star Media to produce a 13-part Russian-language version of the scripted format, which UK-based DRG sells on the international market. The original series, which Great Southern Television produced for New Zealand’s pubcaster TVNZ, […]

Middle East nets ready Millionaire spin off, new formats

Middle Eastern and North African broadcasters have partnered with Sony Pictures Television on the latest versions of a Who Wants to be a Millionaire? spin off, a singing-themed factual entertainment format and a remade CBS studio game show. In Dubai, national broadcaster Dubai Television has ordered Sony Pictures Television Arabia to produce a 26-episode season […]

Trio of scripted format deals for Sony

Sony Pictures Television has inked deals for local versions of three of its drama series: Lost Girl, First Love and Los Caballeros las Prefieren Brutas. SPT’s Russian production division will make a local version of Lost Girl (pictured) for the free-to-air TV-3 channel. The original series was produced by Prodigy Pictures for Showtime Canada. Ukrainian […]