9:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Sony TV Merges Trio of Departments Under Keith Le Goy
Sony Pictures Television Studios is undergoing yet another executive reshuffling.
Three months after Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra streamlined the indie studio's executive ranks, the company is merging three key departments under one exec. Set to merge are Sony TV's global networks operations, worldwide distribution and home entertainment. All three divisions will be merged into what Sony is calling a territory management model in which key services will be centralized to divide integrated programming, operations, creative services and sales functions. As part of the change, Sony will establish a direct-to-consumer unit charged with audience engagement and building new platforms.
Keith Le Goy will oversee regional leaders in each territory who will be charged with leading television and home entertainment distribution as well as management of SPT-owned networks in their regions. Le Goy in February added oversight of home entertainment when worldwide networks president Andy Kaplan, home entertainment topper Man Jit Singh and president and CMO Sheraton Kalouria departed. Le Goy now oversees Sony distribution, home entertainment and worldwide networks.
Additionally, Sony is reviving its first-run syndication business with John Weiser moving into a newly created role as president of First Run TV, reporting to the studio's new TV chairman, Mike Hopkins. Weiser will identify and sell first-run syndicaiton properties and partner with Holly Jacobs for U.S. production, Michael Davies for Embassy Row and Wayne Garvie's international production teams.
The news was announced Wednesday morning via an internal memo from Hopkins. The decision to merge departments was Hopkins' first move since joining the studio from Hulu in October as part of a larger effort under Vinciquerra to reimagine and update the studio for a new era in which a home entertainment division is no longer the necessity it once was. The move is considered an effort to unite similar businesses under one roof. The studio's production side, led by presidents Jeff Frost, Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell, will not be impacted.
As part of the restructure, Sony is centralizing global networks in its Culver City headquarters. TC Schultz will report to Hopkins and serve in the newly created role as executive vp networks operations, planning and strategy and will relocate back to Los Angeles to oversee programming, tech operations and creative services. Sony will also create a direct-to-consumer properties unit that includes Crackle and other divisions, with Eric Berger overseeing that and also reporting to Hopkins.
Some executive departures are expected as part of the reshuffling, though the number remains unclear as a few employees may be offered new positions with the company.
Hopkins' full memo to staff, which details new reports in each unit, is below.