Sony Pictures Television Names Wayne Garvie Chief Creative Officer, International Production

9:54 AM PST 05/23/2012 by Georg Szalai

The BBC Worldwide and All3Media veteran will be in charge of the company's joint venture companies around the world and production studios outside of LA.

Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Television has appointed Wayne Garvie to the role of chief creative officer, international production.

He will report to Andrea Wong, president, SPT international production, the company said Wednesday.

Garvie will be responsible for driving creative development across SPT’s global network of joint venture companies and its production studios outside of Los Angeles, turning locally developed properties into global formats and fostering co developments across the group.

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He most recently worked for All3MEDIA as managing director international production since Jan. 2011, with a focus on growth in the U.S. Before that, Garvie was managing director for content and production at BBC Worldwide. In that role, he was responsible for establishing production companies and managing international format hits, such as Dancing with the Stars and Top Gear.

“Wayne’s creative leadership across international businesses and his pedigree in entertainment production need little introduction," said Wong. "I’m very excited to have him join us and drive our team to spark ideas and productions that will have international audiences riveted.”
 
Said Garvie: “Working with Andrea, the great individuals and companies within the group and the ambition and size of Sony, all combine to offer a unique opportunity to create new global brands that entertain and inspire the world."

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SPT’s international production unit runs wholly owned production firms in Russia, Germany, France, Lebanon, Egypt, Dubai and Miami. It also operates joint venture  companies in the U.S. (Embassy Row), the U.K. (Gogglebox Entertainment, Victory Television and Silver River), France (Starling), Netherlands (Tuvalu Media), Russia (Lean-M), Italy (Toro), China, Brazil (Floresta) and Colombia (Teleset).
 
These companies develop original content for local broadcasters across such genres as game shows, dramas, comedy, telenovelas and documentaries.

They also provide local format productions from SPT’s library of more than 150,000 TV episodes. SPT's global formats include Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and sitcoms Married…with Children and Everybody Loves Raymond.
 
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