Sony Pictures Television

SPT extends overall deal with ‘Breaking Bad’ creator Vince Gilligan

Vince Gilligan has extended his overall deal with Sony Pictures Television for a further four years. The Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator has been working with the company for more than 15 years and will continue to serve as co-showrunner on the latter show alongside Peter Gould as the AMC drama readies its […]

Show of the week: District Z

This adventure gameshow format hails from France and offers several seemingly stand-out features that set it apart from some of its competitors – the most obvious of which is that it features zombies. The format originated from Satisfaction Group-owned Ah! Productions and became a ratings hit last year for French broadcaster TF1, which helped to […]

TBI Weekly: How Korea’s wave is changing course

South Korean producers and broadcasters make regular appearances in TBI news but recent deals suggest the country’s content wave could be moving in a new direction, writes Richard Middleton. The Korean wave has been lapping shores in the West for almost a decade now, most notably via K-pop bands like BTS, innovative entertainment formats such as The […]

SPT hires ‘It’s A Sin’ production head Michaela Fereday for in-house drama

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has appointed Michaela Fereday as SVP of scripted production on its senior international production creative team. Fereday, who will take up the post next week, will be based in the UK and report to Brendan Fitzgerald, SVP of international co-productions, while working closely with the international scripted teams in Los Angeles, […]

BeIN Media, SPT strike far-reaching movies & series deal in MENA & Turkey

MENA-focused operator beIN Media has struck a multi-year content deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) that will hand it exclusive first and second window rights to movies and series. The agreement, which covers MENA and Turkey, will see Sony Pictures Entertainment-owned TV series such as Community and Justified become available to subscribers, along with movies including Spider-Man: No Way […]

SPT sells UK channels incl Tiny Pop & Sony Movies to Narrative Capital

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold its free-to-air broadcast channels in the UK to US media group Narrative Capital. Sony Movies, Sony Movies Action, Sony Movies Classic, Sony Channel, POP, Tiny POP and POP Max have all been purchased by Narrative for an undisclosed sum, along with their digital assets. The 35 channel employees in the UK […]

HBO Max orders Dominican family comedy from Sony Pictures Television

HBO Max is pushing further into comedy with a Sony Pictures Television (SPT) series that has Eva Longoria attached. Gordita Chronicles follows a willful, 12-year-old Dominican girl who struggles to fit into hedonistic 1980s Miami as her family pursues the American dream. Longoria directed the pilot and will serve as executive producer for her Unbelievable Entertainment […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Running the numbers on global formats

TBI’s deputy editor Mark Layton dives into K7 Media’s annual format report to uncover the most in-demand genres over the past year and explores the option-grabbing IP that points to where the trend is going next. The past 12 months have seen a rising demand for tried-and-tested unscripted content, with the global pandemic having brought scripted […]

Sony Pictures Television unveils ‘Creative Diversity Fund’

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has unveiled a new creative diversity fund to be operated across the company’s international production group. The scheme is part of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)’s Sony Pictures Action initiative and aims to improve the diversity of creative talent within the international television industry. SPT, along with an external partner from the […]