Sony taps James Canniffe

Named vp development for alternative programming

James Canniffe has been named vp development for alternative programming at Sony Pictures TV.

Canniffe recently finished production on CBS' upcoming reality series "Greatest American Dog" as co-executive producer. He also served in the same capacity on NBC's "The Apprentice," which earned him two Emmy noms as part of the production team, and CW's "Crowned."

At Sony, Canniffe will contribute to all alternative projects for network, cable and syndication, reporting to Holly Jacobs, senior vp reality and syndicated programming. He will be responsible for the development of reality series as well as oversee current shows in production.

Canniffe's "enormous wealth of production experience will be a tremendous asset to us as we ramp up our alternative and syndication slate," Jacobs said.