Jeff Lerner


Sony poaches ABC exec for int’l post

Sony Pictures Television has poached an ABC Entertainment Group programming chief for a new international post. Jodie Platt has been named VP, programming and development, international production at the Culver City-based studio. She was previously VP, current programming at the entertainment arm of broadcast network ABC. Having been in that post for four years, she […]

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 […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]

TBI Exclusive: International versions of Breaking Bad in the works

Sony Pictures Television is working on deals for local versions of its hit drama series Breaking Bad. “Four countries are interested in Breaking Bad. We are getting [series creator] Vince Gilligan on the phone with one aspiring licensee this week, in a country where there is a real desire to do it,” Jeff Lerner, senior […]