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Ex-Gaumont distribution chief Vanessa Shapiro launches Nicely Entertainment

Former Gaumont distribution chief Vanessa Shapiro has launched her own production and distribution company, Nicely Entertainment. Shapiro will serve as CEO at LA-based Nicely, which was formed in January and aims to bring “quality series and movies” to global audiences and markets around the world. She was appointed as Gaumont’s president of worldwide TV distribution […]

Sony strikes $195m deal for ‘The Octonauts’ producer Silvergate Media

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is moving into kids TV production for the first time after striking a $195m deal to buy Octonauts and Peter Rabbit prodco Silvergate Media. SPT is buying the UK and New York-based company from its management team and Shamrock Capital, an LA-based investment firm that took a 51% star in the […]

Sony Pictures Entertainment profits rise

Sony Corp has reported a 30% rise in profits at its Sony Pictures Entertainment division to $489m for its 2018 financial year. The rise in profits came despite a fall in revenue at SPE, which dropped slightly from $9.13bn in the previous financial year, to $8.87bn in the year to March 2019. The company said […]

Apple appoints Sony exec as casting head

Apple has appointed Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Tamara Hunter to head up casting for its growing entertainment business. Hunter, who spent two years at Sony, will oversee film and TV projects for Apple. She will report to Sony Pictures Television alum Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The casting chief has worked on major Hollywood hits […]

Kaplan exits Sony as Le Goy expands role

Andy Kaplan is one of three president-level executives leaving Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), with worldwide distribution chief Keith Le Goy rising in the reshuffle. Kaplan (pictured) has been with Sony or its affiliates for nearly 30 years, and has greatly expanded the US studio’s channels operations in his most recent role. However, he will leave […]

Disney in clear as Comcast drops out of Fox race

Comcast will not pursue an acquisition of a suite of entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox, leaving The Walt Disney Company in the clear to complete a deal. NBCUniversal owner Comcast was one of a few companies with the scale to buy the available Fox assets, but has confirmed it is not moving forwards with […]

Fox hires Sony exec as Asia sales head

Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution (TCFTVD) has hired Sony exec Yan-Jong Wong as sales director of Asia. Her primary responsibilities will be to license TCFTVD content across pay, SVOD, AVOD, basic and free TV, as well as scripted format sales throughout the region’s markets including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. Wong […]

Sony names trio of TV chiefs

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has set a new management team following the departures of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg for Apple. Jeff Frost is rising from executive VP of business affairs to president of Sony Pictures Television Studios (SPTS), a new division that separates business from creative. Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell are also […]

More on creation of global anti-piracy coalition ACE

Execs from the 30 global entertainment companies that have come together to form anti-piracy body the Alliance of Creativity and Entertainment explains why they are involved in the initiative   “BBC Worldwide invests in, commercialises, and showcases content from the BBC around the world and champions British creativity globally. It is the lifeblood of our business […]

Major content firms pact for anti-piracy coalition

The Hollywood studios, leading SVOD services and key networks around the world have formed a global anti-piracy coalition. In total, 30 companies have come together to create the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) in a bid to combat illegal video and content downloads. The firms include Amazon, BBC Worldwide, CBS Corp., NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, […]

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