Sony Pictures Television

Exclusive: SPT-backed Eleventh Hour Films’ MD Nicole Finnan exits

Nicole Finnan has stepped down as MD at Sony Pictures Television-backed drama prodco Eleventh Hour Films, TBI has learned. Finnan had been in the role at the Safe House and Alex Rider producer since 2017, when the company’s founder Jill Green restructured its senior management team. Green moved to become CEO with former Eleventh Hour […]

‘Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk launches prodco & inks SPT deal

Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk has launched a new production outfit and struck a first-look deal with long-term partners Sony Pictures Television (SPT). Cal-Gold Pictures will be based at SPT’s LA studio and is being launched with Ian Friedman, the former VP of talent and development at Comedy Central, who becomes head of TV […]

AVOD service Roku Channel launched into UK

Roku has launched its AVOD service, the Roku Channel, in the UK with an offering that includes more than 10,000 TV episodes, documentaries and movies. Roku has launched the service, which is available without a subscription or login, after striking deals with more than 40 content partners including All3Media International, EndemolShine Group, FilmRise and DRG, […]

Southeast Asian streamer Hooq files for liquidation

Singapore-based streamer Hooq – backed by Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and regional telco Singtel – has filed for liquidation. The on-demand service launched six years ago with backing from the US studios but has more recently moved towards launching its own local originals. It had more than 30 original titles either on the platform […]

Sony replaces LA Screenings with ‘virtual & on-demand’ event

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has unveiled plans to create a digital screening experience for clients around the globe as an alternative to the studio’s traditional LA Screenings. SPT – along with Disney, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS and Warner Bros. – cancelled this year’s edition of the annual US sales event earlier this month as the Covid-19 pandemic […]

Sony takes ‘Community’ non-exclusive as Netflix, Hulu strike deals

Netflix has signed a non-exclusive global deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) to begin streaming all six seasons of US comedy Community from 1 April. SPT has also extended its existing deal with Disney-owned Hulu, which will allow the US streamer to keep showing the comedy but no longer on an exclusive basis. As both […]

Sony closes offices in UK, Poland as Coronavirus concerns spread

Sony has closed offices in the UK and Poland as concerns over the spread of Coronavirus grow. The company has shuttered three of its buildings in Europe for the remainder of the week, with its London, Paris and Gdynia (Poland) offices affected. Sony’s decision, first reported by UK trade Broadcast, is a precautionary measure taken […]

SPT buys into The Whisper Group, Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund exits

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has taken an undisclosed stake in UK-based non-scripted and sports-skewing production outfit The Whisper Group. The company was co-founded by Sunil Patel, broadcaster Jake Humphrey and former F1 driver David Coulthard, and comprises live sports and non-scripted production company Whisper, Chapter 3 Graphics and East Media. The group produces sports entertainment […]

Amazon hires Sony’s Mike Hopkins to lead video business

Amazon has hired Sony Pictures Television chairman and former Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins to oversee its video entertainment businesses — including Prime Video and its movie and television unit Amazon Studios. Hopkins is set to join Amazon on February 24 and will report directly to CEO Jeff Bezos. Hopkins joined Sony in 2017 after spending […]