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Sony Entertainment CEO resigns

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has resigned from his post. Lynton (pictured) is leaving the Culver City-based studio after 13 years, and just under two years after he became sole entertainment chief exec after Amy Pascal’s departure as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is also resigning from his post at the corporate executive officer […]

Sony and iQIYI in China streaming first

Sony’s TV arm has teamed with Chinese ISP iQIYI and the pair will make a Chinese-language adaptation of US drama Chosen. The Mandarin-language copro will be delivered as a three-parter for the iQIYI streaming service. The Chinese company and Sony Pictures Television announced the news at a press conference in Beijing yesterday. Chosen was an […]

Content hires London-based sales VP

Content Media has brought in Tom Bairstow as vice president, sales and distribution. The new recruit, who was most recently at Sony Pictures Television, will be based in London and cover sales across all platforms to French-speaking Europe and Africa, Japan, Asia, Israel and Middle East. Content recently brought together its film and TV sales […]

Left Bank lands Amazon Indian original

Amazon has ordered an original drama pilot for its soon-to-launch Indian service, with Slumdog Millionaire and 24 star Anil Kapoor on board. The series will be based upon the Michael Faber novel The Book of Strange New Things and will be produced by Sony’s UK-based prodco Left Bank Pictures (The Crown). Kevin MacDonald (The Last King […]

All3Media’s Geater to chair Pact Council

Sarah Geater has been elected chair of the Pact Council and will replace Laura Mansfield in the position at the UK indies trade body. Geater is the former FremantleMedia UK CEO who joined All3Media as COO last year. She has also been head of commercial affairs at Channel 4 and director of rights and business […]

Viacom channels yanked from Sony streaming net

Viacom’s cable nets are being pulled from Sony’s US cloud TV service, PlayStation Vue. The Viacom channels will be taken off Vue from Friday (November 11), with new nets including BBC America and NBA TV added. Vice’s Viceland and more local offerings from CBS and Fox will be added soon, Sony said. The changes became […]

Job losses as Sony restructures UK-based sales

Two of Sony’s London team have been made redundant, with another likely to also go as the studio restructures its London-based EMEA sales effort. Alex Beckett and Federico Perale have been let go, with the position of another of the London-based sales team also under review. In related news TBI understands that Tom Bairstow is leaving […]

Sony unveils PlayStation VR content

Sony has unveiled its full line-up of virtual reality games, experiences and video services for its PlayStation VR headset, which will launch globally tomorrow. Among the non-gaming content that will be available are services like Vrideo, which will let users stream content from a range of VR channels. Customers in the US will also be […]

Sony poaches UK sales exec from Warner Bros.

Sony’s distribution arm has hired Dee Robertson for a UK and Ireland role, with the experienced sales exec joining from rival studio Warner Bros., TBI has learned. Robertson will be vice president, distribution, covering the UK and Ireland at Sony Pictures Television, and will be in her new role for MIPCOM next month. She joins […]

Paramount in EU geoblocking agreement

US studio Paramount has agreed a settlement with the European Commission to no longer geoblock movies from its deals with regional satcaster Sky. The EC has been investigating whether Sky’s film UK and Ireland deals with the major US studios, including Paramount, are anti-competitive, and yesterday’s agreement marks the first result of the inquiry. The […]