Sony Pictures Television Networks svp, EMEA Eddie Nelson Dies

Eddie Nelson - P 2012

U.K.-based charismatic executive suffered from brief illness and had a bone marrow condition.

LONDON – One of the U.K.’s best-known studio executives, Sony Pictures Television Networks svp, EMEA Eddie Nelson has died.

Nelson, based in the British capital, died late last week after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle, and two young daughters.

His family is raising money in his memory for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust, a bone marrow condition Nelson suffered from for the past 10 years.

In his role with Sony, Nelson oversaw a portfolio of almost 50 pay TV television channels broadcasting across the region from three principal hubs in Madrid, London and Budapest along with a network of local sales and marketing offices. 

As well as driving the traditional pay TV business, he also focused on the continued digital extension of SPT’s network brands across broadband and mobile platforms and the launch of advertising sales business in the region.

"Eddie was smart and charismatic, and will be greatly missed," said Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks for Sony Pictures Television.  "He was a great guy and made me laugh every time I talked to him.”

Nelson established a career in the formats distribution business where he distributed such well known formats as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? throughout the Asia Pacific region.

The news of his death emerged on the day Sony Pictures Television Networks readied the rollout of its second Sony branded channel in the U.K., Sony Movie Channel.