Sony Pictures Television

SPT launches YouTube cookery channel with Kiran Jethwa & preps originals

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has partnered with restaurateur and chef Kiran Jethwa on a new YouTube channel that will also offer original programming. The Fearless Food channel follows the Nairobi-born cook as he explores local delicacies and the cultures behind them. It will launch a series of original episodes produced by Nairobi-based Quite Bright Films, […]

Sony set to buy ‘His Dark Materials’ prodco Bad Wolf

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is reportedly close to acquiring His Dark Materials producer Bad Wolf. The UK- and US-based producer, which has offices in Cardiff and LA, is being eyed in a deal worth £60m ($81.6m) that would also see Sony buy out the minority stakes that Sky, HBO and Access Entertainment hold in the […]

Scripted round-up: ‘Moominvalley’ prodco Gutsy moves into drama; ITV orders ‘Without Sin’; Starzplay, Sony & ‘Homeland’ duo prep Spanish drama

Gutsy Animation moves into drama Moominvalley producer Gutsy Animations is developing its first adult-targeted drama series and has linked up with All3Media’s UK prodco Lime Pictures to co-produce. Beyond Nature will be a 6 x 50-minute English-language psychological drama that will blend live-action with VFX and CG animation. Gutsy has attached writers Jessica Ruston (Harlots), […]

Vincent TV launches UK arm, led by Seven Studios & ITVS alums

Five Days Inside prodco Vincent TV has launched a new UK division and hired former Seven Studios and ITV Studios execs to run it. Simon Shalgosky has been appointed creative director at Vincent TV UK, while Daniel Brookes takes up the role of development exec and is tasked with creating ideas for national and international […]

Sony Pictures TV & RuPaul ink first-look scripted deal

Sony Pictures Television has signed a first-look scripted deal with RuPaul Charles, the host and executive producer of global drag competition format RuPaul’s Drag Race. As a result, Charles is expanding his RuCo production label, with former State Street Productions exec Jay Marcus joining as head of TV and film – the same position he […]

SPT’s channel sell-off continues with Antenna deal in CEE

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has continued its withdrawal from the global channels business by selling its 22 pay-TV networks and two streaming services in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to Antenna Group. The deal includes the CEE-focused AXN and Sony channels, as well as Sony-owned Viasat 3 and 6 networks, plus the media giant’s on-demand […]

Formats round-up: BBC & NBCU strike pact; ‘How To Look Good Naked’ returns to France; ITV orders quizzer ‘Riddiculous’

BBC & NBCU strike ‘groundbreaking’ format pact The UK’s BBC and NBCUniversal in the US have formed a development partnership to find and fund the next wave of unscripted programming ideas. The joint unscripted partnership – described by the companies as “groundbreaking” – will be open to all UK-based production companies and see the two […]

SPT & Nigeria’s EbonyLife unveil ÀLÓ Initiative for writers of African heritage

Nigerian producer EbonyLife and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) have launched a new initiative designed to offer a platform for writers of African heritage. The ÀLÓ Initiative website will open for fixed periods beginning this Friday 24 September, when writers can submit their TV scripts and story documents. These will then be reviewed and shortlisted by […]

Left Bank starts filming on new Amazon crime series ‘Three Pines’

Left Bank Pictures has started production in Canada on new Amazon Prime Video crime series Three Pines, starring Alfred Molina. Filming in Montreal and rural Quebec, the series is based on Canadian author Louise Penny’s best-selling Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. The eight, one hour episode drama will film from August to December and launch […]

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 […]