Parnell upped to vp role at Sony Pics TV


Chris Parnell has been promoted to vp development at Sony Pictures Television.

Parnell will work with senior vp Sharon Hall, who heads the studio's drama department, and vp Jason Clodfelter on developing new drama series.

"Chris is beloved by the creative community," said Hall, to whom Parnell reports. "His eye for talent and his personal style have earned him the respect of his co-workers and this much-deserved promotion."

Last season, SPT's drama team developed five projects that were picked up to series: ABC's "Cashmere Mafia," CBS' "Viva Laughlin," Fox's "Canterbury's Law," AMC's "Breaking Bad" and FX's "Damages." The department has five pilots in different stages of production: NBC's "The Watch," Lifetime's "Family Practice," A&E's "Danny Fricke" and "The Beast" and TNT's "Family Man."

Parnell was upped from director of development. His first executive position at SPT was manager of creative affairs. He was promoted to director in 2005.