Kent ropes in soaps as SPT exec

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Steve Kent has been named senior executive vp programming at Sony Pictures Television, overseeing the studio's daytime dramas "The Young and the Restless" on CBS and "Days of Our Lives" on NBC.

In his new role, Kent also will be responsible for creating program extensions and developing new serialized programs for all dayparts.

Kent most recently was senior executive vp international productions at Sony Pictures Tele-vision International, where he oversaw the worldwide development and production of original local-language productions as well as scripted and unscripted formats.

Kent will report to SPT president Steve Mosko.

"Steve has done a phenomenal job working with our producers to make our daytime dramas financially efficient and technically state of the art," Mosko said. "With his incredible experience with serialized programming here and around the world, he's an expert in the field in every way."

Kent joined the company in 1996 as vp production for then Columbia TriStar Television, working on such series as "Dawson's Creek" and "Early Edition." During this time, he also was instrumental in the formation of the company's domestic Spanish-language production division, overseeing the development and production of shows for Telemundo.

Before joining the company, Kent spent nine years as supervising producer for the soap opera "Santa Barbara" and garnered three Emmy Awards.
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