BBC Commissions Pilot For ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Remake ‘The Smiths’

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 8:24am PDT

Everybody Loves Raymond has already been adapted for foreign audiences including in Russia, where the process was the subject of 2010 documentary Exporting Raymond. Now, the BBC has confirmed that a pilot for a UK remake will be shot for BBC One later this month. British comic actor-writer Lee Mack is penning the pilot for The Smiths and will star alongside The Office‘s Catherine Tate. Just as Ray Romano did on the Emmy-winning CBS sitcom that ran from 1996-2005, Mack will play a successful sportswriter whose overbearing parents and older brother live next door, but the action will move from Long Island to the English county of Cheshire. Tate plays Mack’s wife in a role originated by Patricia Heaton, and further cast is to be confirmed. Read More »

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Sony Pictures Colorworks Opens 4K Post Production Facility

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:15pm PST

The new facility, Colorworks 4K Television is located at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, and will provide services for original shows shot in 4K as well as 4K remastering. The facility Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jane Campion Returns To Cannes, SPT In Germany, The Agency Group & Maggie Simpson

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

Jane Campion To Judge Shorts In Cannes
The only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or will return to Cannes this May as president of the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival. In 1986, Jane Campion won the short film Palme d’or for Peel and in 1993 made history when she took the top prize in the main competition with The Piano. Her last film, Bright Star, was presented in competition at Cannes in 2009. The Cinéfondation and Short Film jury is made up of five judges who choose three prize winners from among the Cinéfondation’s selection of film school entrants and the winner of the short film Palme d’Or, which this year will be presented during the closing ceremony of the Festival, on May 26. Read More »

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Sony TV Hires Nathalie Lubensky As SVP Marketing, Networks

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 11:06am PST

Nathalie Lubensky will manage the global marketing and branding initiatives for Sony Pictures Television’s networks portfolio that spans 159 countries and reaches more than 800 million homes. She’s responsible for building local, relevant brands; expanding and pursuing new … Read More »

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Sony Pictures TV Names New SVP Corporate Business & Legal Affairs, International

By | Monday November 19, 2012 @ 3:37am PST

London, UK (19 November, 2012) — Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has appointed Richard Parsons as senior vice president for corporate business and legal affairs, international production, it was announced today. In this role, Parsons will lead corporate business affairs for SPT’s portfolio of international production companies and manage deal executions on acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships.

Parsons will report to Corii Berg, SPT’s senior executive vice president, business affairs, in Los Angeles. He takes up his role later this month and will be based at SPT’s London office.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: CAA’s Frank Jung Joins CAPE Board, Foxtel Launches Foxtel Go, Youku, Sony, Shine’s Dragonfly

By | Tuesday November 6, 2012 @ 8:00pm PST

CAA’s Frank Jung Joins CAPE Board Of Directors
CAA’s Frank Jung has joined the board of directors for the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). Jung, a television and digital packaging agent at CAA, joins YouTube’s Bing Chen and Dancing With The Stars’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba as new CAPE board members. Jung’s clients include Mike Sussman, co-creator of TNT’s Perception, Sang Kim, writer/producer of The Walking Dead and Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum. In September CAPE, in partnership with NBCUniversal, hosted the 12th Annual New Writers Awards. Other executives and artists on CAPE’s Council of Advisors and Board of Directors include Ang Lee, John Woo, Dean Devlin, David Henry Hwang, Lou Diamond Phillips, B.D. Wong, Janet Yang, and Teddy Zee.

Foxtel Launches Mobile Service Foxtel Go
Australia’s biggest TV platform Foxtel today launched Foxtel Go, enabling subscribers to watch 21 live channels including A&E, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Sky News, Disney and Fox Sports on iPads. The mobile service also includes hundreds of catch-up episodes of series such as The Walking Dead, Gossip Girl, Magic City, Vampire Diaries, Gravity Falls, Spooks and Haven. The initiative is part of Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein’s strategy to introduce new services to reduce churn and to grow pay TV penetration from 34% to 50% over the next five years. “The TV landscape has changed, viewers are not just watching TV in the living room, they’re watching TV on the way to work, at the beach or in another room of the house,” he said. “Foxtel Go is the biggest thing we’ve launched since digital and (the PVR) iQ.”- Don Groves. Read More »

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Sony Pictures Television Acquires UK’s Left Bank Pictures

The acquisition of a majority stake in UK producer Left Bank Pictures brings Sony Pictures Television‘s British portfolio to four companies. Left Bank’s TV series include the Kenneth Branagh-starring Wallander, in partnership with the BBC, Sky drama Mad Read More »

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Sony Pictures Television To Pay $271M For Increased Stake In India’s MSM

Sony Pictures Television is upping its stake in Indian TV group Multi Screen Media. SPT will acquire a further 32% of shares in MSM from Grandway Global Holdings and Atlas Equifin in a transaction valued at $271M. Subject to government … Read More »

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Sony’s AXN Networks Bite Into ‘Hannibal’

Upcoming contemporary thriller series Hannibal will be broadcast on Sony Pictures Television’s AXN networks in 18 languages across 63 countries. Production is expected to start in late July on the 13-episodes that trace the early relationship of Thomas Harris’s legendary … Read More »

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Corin Nelson Tapped As EP Of Queen Latifah’s 2013 Syndicated Talker

By | Monday May 21, 2012 @ 1:30pm PDT

Related: Queen Latifah To Host Daytime Talk Show Eyed For 2013 From Sony TV & Overbrook

Five-time Emmy® Award-winning producer Corin Nelson has been named executive producer of Queen Latifah‘s new syndicated talk show from Flavor Unit Entertainment, Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. The multi-topic daytime series, covering everything under the umbrella of entertainment, is expected to launch in the fall of 2013.

“Given Queen Latifah’s profile, stature and accomplishments, it was vital for us to find someone who complemented such a tremendous talent to helm this show,” said Holly Jacobs, executive vice president, U.S. reality and syndicated programming, Sony Pictures Television. “We knew the diversity of Corin’s experience in daytime and late night, her collaborative spirit, tremendous creative chops and passion for the medium made her a perfect match.

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Sony Pictures Television Expands In U.K. With Silver River Acquisition

By | Thursday March 1, 2012 @ 3:08am PST

Just ahead of next month’s MIP TV market, Sony Pictures Television has added to its international production and distribution business by taking a majority stake in UK indie producer Silver River. Silver River works across a wide range of genres … Read More »

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Sony TV & Televisa Ink First-Look Deal For Series Outside Of U.S. And Latin America

By | Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 11:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sony Pictures Television and Spanish-language giant Televisa have signed an exclusive first-look co-production deal for scripted, unscripted and telenovela formats. Under the pact, SPT will get a first-look at all of Televisa’s scripted and unscripted formats for potential co-production worldwide, … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, Africa, Australia

‘Arthur Christmas’ Slays ‘Em In The UK
Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman’s Arthur Christmas jumped to the top of the UK box office this weekend – in its fourth week of release. This bit of holiday magic came courtesy of a £1.9 million weekend take for a cume of £11.5 million. The film has been holding steady in second place since it bowed on November 11 and this weekend faced off against Happy Feet Two for the family audience. Largely positive notices and the British voice cast — including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton — have no doubt been a local draw. Sony Pictures Releasing UK’s Peter Taylor said: “Opening a movie at No. 1 in such a competitive market as the UK is difficult enough, but to reach the top of the chart in the fourth week of release is almost unprecedented. We are all delighted.”

Tom Hooper Decides Against 3D For ‘Les Miserables’
Although director Tom Hooper flirted with the idea of filming the new movie version of the hit stage musical Les Miserables in 3D, the Oscar-winning helmer of The King’s Speech has decided to stick with 2D. Hooper told the BBC he had been “very tempted” to use 3D but worried that some audiences might “physically struggle” with the format. Not to worry, purists. “I can definitely announce it’s good old-fashioned 2D,” Hooper said at the British Independent Film Awards. “I wanted to make a film that would touch everyone. I believe the story is so strong, 3D is not essential.” Hooper added that the casting of Eponine and Cosette would be announced soon. “I’ve never done a film where big star actors are as obsessed with being in it as this.” Starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert, Read More »

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Sony TV Joins ‘House Of Cards’ Team

Sony Pictures Television has come aboard as a distribution partner on House Of Cards, the Kevin Spacey-starring political drama series that Netflix landed in a high-profile deal back in March. Beau Willimon (The Ides Of March) wrote the pilot, … Read More »

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Sony Pictures TV Promotes Sales Execs

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 10:21am PST

Sony Pictures Television has upped Flory Bramnick to EVP U.S. Cable Sales and Philip Martzolf to EVP U.S. Syndication Sales, the company announced today. Bramnick, the SVP U.S. Cable Distribution since 2004, will run all sales ops for SPT and … Read More »

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Sony TV Taps Paula Askanas As EVP Communications

By | Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Longtime Sony Pictures TV top PR executive Paula Askanas has been promoted to EVP Communications. She oversees business and trade press and internal communication for the company worldwide, reporting to SPT president Steve Mosko. “Paula’s ability to understand both a … Read More »

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‘Smurfs’ Co-Writers Jay Scherick & David Ronn Sell Cop Comedy To ABC

By | Friday August 5, 2011 @ 4:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jay Scherick and David Ronn, co-writers of the summer sleeper The Smurfs, are taking on another group of people in blue, this time live-action humans on television. After heated bidding, ABC has landed a single-camera ensemble workplace comedy … Read More »

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Marketing Executive Alan Daniels Returns To Sony Television As SVP

By | Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 2:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran marketing executive Alan Daniels is embarking on his third stint at Sony Pictures TV. I hear Daniels has rejoined the studio as SVP, Sales Planning, U.S. Distribution, coordinating all marketing on the distribution side. In an interesting twist, I hear the newly created position reports to Sony TV’s … Read More »

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Sony TV Revives ‘Dead Lawyers’ With John Stamos As Lead, Graham Yost As Writer

By | Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 8:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures TV is resurrecting Dead Lawyers, the high-concept legal drama it originally developed for SyFy eight years ago, with Graham Yost on board to co-write/executive produce and John Stamos attached to star. The project’s first incarnation, written by … Read More »

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