Ford upped to exec vp at SPTI


Veteran Australian TV executive Jack Ford has been given executive vp stripes at Sony Pictures Television International, the company said Tuesday.

As exec vp and managing director of Australia and New Zealand, Ford is charged with growing SPTI's interests in the region, including distribution and channel joint ventures as well as mobile and digital-content ventures.

Announcing the promotion, SPTI president Michael Grindon -- to whom Ford reports -- said, "Jack's experience, tenacity, leadership and strategic vision have helped SPTI's businesses to grow exponentially in Australia and New Zealand, and this promotion is in recognition of our faith in him to continue an enviable track record of success in the region." He also noted that Ford had recently driven high-profile deals with mobile carriers and digital content services.

Ford had been SPTI's managing director for Australia and New Zealand since 1995. Based in Sydney, Ford heads all of SPTI's businesses in the region. He also serves on the boards of Premium Movie Partnership and TV1, representing SPTI's interests.

Under his leadership, SPTI has co-launched two pay TV channels in Australia, Showtime and TV1, both of which are now mature and profitable businesses, as well as Sci-Fi Channel, which launched Dec. 1, according to the announcement. It also noted that he has grown SPTI's distribution business in the region "exponentially" during the past decade. Ford also leads SPTI's distribution efforts to digital content providers and mobile carriers.

Before joining SPTI, he was a partner at the law firm of Blake Dawson Waldron from 1988-95.