New deal keeps Mosko at SPT till 2012


Steve Mosko has inked a new long-term contract with Sony Pictures Entertainment to continue as head of the studio's television division through 2012.

As president of Sony Pictures Television, Mosko oversees the indie TV studio's slate of 21 series — network, cable and first-run syndication — and four original movies. He shepherds TV and digital distribution of all of SPE's film, television and shortform content.

In a coup for the company and Mosko, who ran SPT's syndication unit before taking over the company in 2001, SPT recently became the first studio other than CBS Television Distribution to partner with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Prods. on a syndicated series with a deal to distribute the upcoming talk show "Dr. Oz."

"Steve has worked wonders in building up our domestic television business," SPE chairman and CEO Michael Lynton said.

Added co-chairman Amy Pascal, "He's a charismatic leader and a team player who works closely with the various divisions in the company."

Mosko also oversees the studio's interests in FearNet, the horror/thriller Web site and VOD service;, SPE's online video network; GSN, cable's game show network; and ITN Networks, a national media sales company.

SPT's series include "Wheel of Fortune," "Jeopardy!" "Damages," "Rescue Me," "Breaking Bad," " 'Til Death," "Rules of Engagement," "My Boys," "The Young and the Restless" and the upcoming "Sit Down, Shut Up."

Mosko joined SPE in 1992 as vp of the Western region for then Columbia TriStar TV Distribution. He was named president of the division in 2000. (partialdiff)