New deal for Weiser at Sony TV


John Weiser has re-upped as president of distribution at Sony Pictures Television, signing what is believed to be a new four-year deal with the company.

The 18-year Sony veteran oversees all domestic sales operations for SPT, including sales of feature films and first-run and off-network syndicated programs and library titles to U.S. broadcast networks, cable networks, TV station groups, pay TV, satellite companies, cable MSOs, including VOD and pay-per-view, and Spanish-language networks serving U.S. markets. Sony's library includes more than 400 series and 5,000 films.

Weiser joined the company in 1990 as a West Coast account executive. He became president of distribution, then a new position, in 2004.

Under his leadership, SPT extended the studio's output deal with Starz to 2013 and extended the run of "The King of Queens" in broadcast syndication through 2016. In the first-run arena, SPT has sold the court show "Judge Karen" in 95% of the country for a fall launch and inked with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Prods. to co-produce and distribute the new talk show "Dr. Oz" for fall 2009. (partialdiff)