Sony Pictures TV Prevails In ‘Shark Tank’ Lawsuit

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 5:00pm PDT

MARK CUBAN, BARBARA CORCORAN, KEVIN O’LEARY, LORI GREINER, ROBERT HERJAVECA judge in Florida has ruled in favor of Sony Pictures Television in a $50 million lawsuit over the reality TV show Shark Tank. “Sony Pictures Television won a directed verdict and … Read More »

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David Hudgins Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 12:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

DHudginsPicIn a competitive situation, Parenthood executive producer David Hudgins has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the two-year pact, he will develop and potentially join existing studio projects. Hudgins is coming off a two-year … Read More »

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Sony TV Presidents Of Programming Zack Van Amburg & Jamie Erlicht Ink New Deals

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

erlichtvanamburg copyThe importance of Sony Pictures Television within Sony Pictures Entertainment has been on the rise. Last fall, Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Corp. of America, announced a significant company shift “in emphasis from motion pictures to higher-margin television.” The company’s TV division was untouched by the recent company-wide cuts. And now its leadership has been secured for the next few years. After Steve Mosko signed a new long-term contract as president of Sony Pictures Television a year and a half ago, his top lieutenants, presidents of U.S. programming and production Jamie Erlicht and sptZack Van Amburg, too have re-upped with the company. I hear their new contracts are for three years, taking the duo to a decade at the helm of Sony TV’s primetime operations. Van Amburg and Erlicht were young, home-grown executives at an SVP level when Mosko picked them to succeed Russ Krasnoff in the top TV programming position in 2005. “What Zack and Jamie have accomplished is nothing short of amazing,” said Mosko. “I’ve always believed in them and they’ve become the best in the business.” Read More »

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Hilary Winston Signs New Deal With Sony TV

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 11:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

winstonComedy writer Hilary Winston has signed a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. This is Winston’s fourth consecutive overall pact at Sony TV, bringing her tenure at the studio to eight years. Winston is the writer/executive … Read More »

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Sony TV Readies ‘The Blacklist’ For Off-Network Sale

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 3:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC-The-BlacklistSony Pictures TV‘s breakout drama The Blacklist is looking to join the elite handful of series that have been sold into off-network syndication in their first season on the air. The studio is putting together a pitch to cable networks and broadcast stations and has begun running ads in preparation for taking the NBC series out to buyers, which has not started yet. The Blacklist is a successful new broadcast procedural drama, which has been a rare breed during the past five years as the networks have gravitated toward more serialized fare. It would also be a rare non-franchise drama to sell in syndication in its freshman year. The two recent dramas to sell that quickly were CBS TV Studios’ NCIS: LA — a spinoff from a proven off-network procedural, NCIS — which sold to USA seven weeks into its run, and Hawaii Five-0, also a recognizable title being a remake of a popular cop drama, which was sold to TNT in April of the series’ first season.

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Sony Pictures TV Signs Overall Deal With Reality Producer Dave Broome

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 6:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

broomepicThe Biggest Loser creator/executive producer Dave Broome has inked a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind ABC reality hit Shark Tank. Broome will will create and produce unscripted television series through his company, 25/7 … Read More »

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Shawn Ryan Inks New 3-Year Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Shawn Ryan Sony Pictures TV DealShawn Ryan has re-upped his three-year overall deal at Sony Pictures TV with a new three-year pact set to begin in June when the current one is up. Since moving to Sony in … Read More »

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‘Shark Tank’ Marathon Snags CNBC’s Biggest Numbers In Six Years

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 12:52pm PST

CNBC announced today its New Year’s Day marathon of off-net Shark Tank repeats drew its shark tanklargest average audience in the news demo in six years — something you’d think CNBC would scarcely admit unless it knew it could be provided against it. And yet, there CNBC was, boasting its New Year’s Day marathon had drawn more than 4.2 million unique viewers, averaging more than 540,000 total viewers and 240,000 adults 25-54 from 8PM-2AM ET. During its peak hours, CNBC said with pride, it averaged nearly 700,000 total viewers and 300,000 adults 25-54, ranking No. 1 during the 10 PM hour among all cable news networks in 18-49, 25-54 and 35-64 demos. The 10 PM telecast was CNBC’s most-watched program in three years, while the 9 PM telecast was CNBC’s highest-rated among adults 25-54 in three years, the network bragged. Read More »

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‘Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan Stays At Sony Pictures TV With Big New Overall Deal

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 12:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Vince Gilligan Breaking Bad Sony TV DealThe hottest showrunner at the moment is a free agent no more. Breaking Bad creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan has signed a rich new overall deal with Sony Pictures TV, … Read More »

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Sony Pictures TV Launches Horror Game Show ‘Release The Hounds’ With ITV2 Order

Here’s an original idea: A horror-themed game show. Sony Pictures Television‘s UK production joint venture Gogglebox created and is producing Release The Hounds, a one-hour format that mixes the two … Read More »

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Sony Pictures TV Sets Space Travel Series As Space Heats Up As Reality Frontier

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 7:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sony Pictures Television will introduce a new reality series format at MIPCOMMilky Way Mission — which will send celebrities into space. The news comes as Survivor and The Voice producer Mark Burnett is … Read More »

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Sony TV Sells Nick Kreiss & Sebastian Maniscalco Autobiographical Comedies

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has put in development How To Be An Adult, a comedy from writer and Groundlings, Second City and UCB alum Nick Kreiss and Sony TV. Inspired by Kreiss’ life, the hybrid workplace … Read More »

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‘Community’s Ken Jeong To Star In & Produce Medical Comedy Project For NBC

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 6:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Besides being a comedy star, Community and The Hangover standout Ken Jeong is a licensed physician. His life before going into comedy will be the subject of Dr. Ken, a multi-camera comedy that has landed at NBC with a significant penalty. Feature comedy writer Jared Stern (The Internship) is writing the project, from Community producer Sony Pictures TV and John Davis and John Fox’s studio-based Davis Entertainment. Stern, Davis and Fox executive produce, with Jeong co-executive producing. Jeong is a regular on Community, whose upcoming fifth season is rumored to be the cult comedy’s last — but that is never certain as Community has defied the odds before. But even if Community continues for another season and Dr. Ken goes to series, things could be worked out as both shows are with NBC and Sony TV. Read More »

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NBC Nabs CIA Drama From Sony TV, Davis Entertainment & Greg Poirier With Penalty

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC‘s The Blacklist, a drama about a criminal working with the FBI from Sony Pictures TV and Davis Entertainment, is among the hottest new series this fall. Now NBC, Sony and Davis Entertainment are … Read More »

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Scott Landsman Upped To SVP Comedy Development At Sony TV

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 12:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Scott Landsman has been promoted to SVP, comedy development for Sony Pictures Television. He will continue to develop half-hour series for the studio, reporting to Glenn Adilman, EVP, U.S. comedy development. Landsman, previously VP, U.S. comedy … Read More »

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Comedy Based On Israeli Format From Peter Tolan And Sony TV Gets Pilot Order At ABC

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 8:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy’s hot summer continues with another very big commitment for a half-hour project. In a competitive situation with multiple networks bidding, Sony TV/Peter Tolan‘s pitch Irreversible, based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich, landed at ABC. The network has greenlighted a pilot with a big, seven-figure penalty behind it off of a pitch — a rare feat for any pitch and a first for an Israeli format. In another first for a format originating from the Middle Eastern country, Irreversible will be written solely by the Israeli co-creator of the original series Segahl Avin, who also will direct the U.S. pilot. Avin is executive producing with Fedora’s Tolan and Michael Wimer and Reshet TV, the Israeli broadcaster behind the original series. Irreversible centers on Andy and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. Bilti Hafich became an instant hit when it launched in January. It ranks as the No.1 original comedy on Israeli broadcast TV and has already been renewed for a second season. Irreversible reunites ABC, Sony TV and Reshet. Last development season, they teamed to adapt another 2013 Reshet comedy format, Divorce, which went to pilot and remains in contention at ABC after the cast’s options were extended. Read More »

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Why Robert Rodriguez Is Hating On Sony TV

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 5:48am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline reported this week that Sony TV will produce an El Mariachi series based on the 1992 Robert Rodriguez film. Now … Read More »

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Sony TV To Produce ‘El Mariachi’ Series Based On Robert Rodriguez Pic

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 10:08am PDT

The wandering music man of Mexico is returning to the screen – the small screen not the big one this time. Sony Pictures Television and Teleset announced today that they are adapting El Mariachi for the Latin … Read More »

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Relationship Comedy From David Caspe, Seth Gordon & Jamie Tarses Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 7:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In what is believed to be the biggest commitment for a comedy project so far this development season, Marry Me, a single-camera half-hour from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, just landed at NBC. The Sony Pictures TV project — which has Seth Gordon, who exited Horrible Bosses 2 today, attached to direct and executive produce and Jamie Tarses to executive produce — sparked a bidding war when it was taken out two weeks ago. It ultimately commanded a pilot production commitment in a deal which I hear also includes a full license fee and series penalty. Last summer, NBC nabbed another Sony TV single-camera comedy project with a big commitment, giving a 22-episode order to The Michael J. Fox Show, one of four new Sony series on the NBC schedule next season along with fall drama The Blacklist, fall comedy Welcome To The Family and midseason drama The Night Shift. Read More »

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