EXCLUSIVE: Basil Iwanyk, one of the hottest feature producers of 2010 with 3 hits: Clash of the Titans, The Town and The Expendables, is making a move in television with an overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. He will develop series projects for the studio through his Thunder Road banner. Thunder Road’s TV efforts will be spearheaded by Sony TV’s drama coordinator Kerri Anderson who has been tapped to run the company’s TV division. The company’s focus will be developing male-driven shows, shows with a broad, cinematic scope and shows that can work internationally. ICM-repped Thunder Road previously had a pod deal at Warner Bros. TV, an extension to Iwanyk’s longstanding relationship with the studio on the feature side. The Warner Bros. Pictures-based Thunder Road just wrapped the Clash of the Titans sequel and is in prep on the remake of romantic classic A Star Is Born with Clint Eastwood directing and Beyonce starring and on fantasy Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
EXCLUSIVE: A month after Rules of Engagement landed a full-season renewal by CBS, bringing its episode count to 96, the veteran comedy series has been sold in broadcast syndication. Sony Pictures Television has cleared Rules in 45% of the country, … Read More »
Lucia Cottone, who most recently worked at Lifetime developing such series as Army Wives, has joined Sony Pictures Television as SVP development and current programming, networks. In the newly created role, she will oversee global development for SPT’s growing channel portfolio worldwide as well as current programming, managing a slate of hundreds … Read More »
Sony Pictures Television announced that Eric Berger has been promoted to EVP digital networks. Formerly Senior VP, he will continue to supervise Crackle, the studio’s multiplatform video entertainment network, as well as now manage mobile games and applications … Read More »
Comedy writer-producer Mike Sikowitz, executive producer on the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement, has inked a two-year overall deal with the series’ producer Sony Pictures Television. Under the seven-figure pact, which starts in June, Sikowitz will continue as an exec … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After more than a decade at Fox, Shawn Ryan is moving to Sony. The Shield creator has closed a three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, which will start June 1 when his current pact with 20th Century Fox TV expires.
Ryan is coming off two back-to-back 3-year deals at 20th TV. The studio made him an offer for a new pact but Ryan also recently took meetings with other companies, and Sony and Warner Bros. TV expressed strong interest. In a three-way race over the past few days, I hear Sony TV came up with the most lucrative offer and landed the top showrunner. Ryan has a pre-existing relationship with Sony TV, which co-produced his signature series, The Shield, with Fox TV Studios. The move is part of Sony TV’s new strategy of moving away from signing non-writing executive producers and bringing in experienced showrunners. At the studio, Ryan joins a talent roster that includes such heavy hitters as Peter Tolan, Ron Moore and Jack Orman. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Jack Orman has inked a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. ER alum Orman wrote and is executive producing Sony TV’s buzzed-about ABC pilot Pan Am. Described as a sexy soap set against the … Read More »
Tom Nikol, VP Creative Director at Sony Pictures Television, is leaving after about nine years at the TV studio. He previously worked at NBC Agency and B.D. Fox.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS’ daytime drama The Young and the Restless will be restless for at least three more years with a new renewal that will keep the top-rated soap on the network through the 2013-14 season. The pickup comes on the … Read More »