Schwartz back at Sony as head of int'l TV prod'n

Vet will oversee local-language efforts

Tasked with leading a global programming expansion, production veteran Sander Schwartz on Wednesday was named president of production at Sony Pictures Television International (HR 7/12).

The appointment to head SPTI's worldwide production group comes in the wake of a significant expansion across the globe of the division's local-language production efforts, which have resulted in more than 9,000 hours of programming in more than 30 countries in 13 languages.

Schwartz's new post marks his return to Sony, where he spent 12 years in several executive positions. He became president of Warner Bros. Animation in 2001 and was responsible for the development, production and distribution of family entertainment films, television programs, home video and online content.

SPTI is the unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment that is responsible for all television, mobile and digital distribution businesses outside of the U.S. Schwartz will relocate from Los Angeles to SPTI's European headquarters in London and report to SPTI president Michael Grindon. He also is charged with the creation of character-based franchise properties for use across Sony's multiple lines of business.