Andrea Wong Joining Sony as President of International TV Production
Andrea Wong, who stepped down as president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services nearly a year ago, is joining Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she will play two roles.
As president of international production for Sony Pictures Television, she will head the studio’s international TV production business, overseeing creative teams outside the U.S. as well as 15 owned and joint venture international production companies around the world. Reporting to SPT president Steve Mosko, she is replacing Kees Abrahams, who is leaving his post as SPT’s president of international production.
Based in London, Wong will have a second title as international president for SPE. In that capacity, she will report to SPE chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal and will serve as the company’s commercial and governmental representative to production abroad.
“Andrea is a truly unique talent who brings tremendous experience to the company,” said Lynton. “She will be an important ambassador for Sony Pictures in the international marketplace.”
“Andrea’s business acumen and her role in developing successful unscripted programming like Dancing with the Stars, and The Bachelor, make her a perfect fit for SPT,” added Mosko. “I’ve watched Andrea succeed in a variety of roles over the years, and it’s great to have her on our team, leading a key part of our international television business.”
Addressing Kees’ departure, Lynton said, “Kees is a talented businessman who, with 2waytraffic, made significant contributions to the company." Said Mosko, "His entrepreneurial spirit has been instrumental to the growth of our television production business internationally and we thank him for all of his efforts.” added Mosko.
During her tenure as head of Lifetime Networks, Wong oversaw the day-to-day operations of Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, and Lifetime Digital.
During her time there, she saw Army Wives become Lifetime's top-rated original series ever and spearheaded Lifetime's acquisition of Project Runway.
Prior to that, Wong was executive vp, alternative programming, specials and late night at ABC where she developed shows such as The Bachelor, the U.S version of Dancing With the Stars and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.