Longtime Sony TV PR Head Paula Askanas to Exit

The executive will depart in the summer after 20 years with the independent studio.

Sony Pictures Television's Paula Askanas is exiting the independent studio.

After a 20-year tenure at SPT, the head of worldwide communications has decided to depart the company this summer when her contract expires.

Askanas began her career with posts at CBS and NBC News before moving to Sony TV, where she started as a director working on consumer press. She was quickly promoted to vp and senior vp, with her duties expanded when Sony Pictures Entertainment merged with its TV operations in 2001 to create Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, which then became Sony TV.

More recently, Askanas oversaw business and trade press as well as internal communications for the TV company worldwide. Her oversight includes publicity for production, channels and distribution in the U.S., Latin America, Asia-Pacific and India, as well as for U.S. ad sales and digital, including Sony platform Crackle.

Her memo is below:

After more than 20 years at Sony Pictures Television, I am going to leave the company when my contract expires this summer.

I want to thank everyone who has generously shared their expertise about the television business and those who have collaborated with me to tell the great stories about SPT.

In the meantime I will continue my normal duties through pilot season, upfronts and LA Screenings as I work closely with Stacy Weitz, Vice President for SPT communications, to ensure a smooth transition.