SPT names Bazalgette nonexec chairman

To advise U.K. production businesses of SPT, 2waytraffic

LONDON -- Sony Pictures Television -- fresh from announcing a planned merger of its U.S. and international divisions -- has appointed Peter Bazalgette nonexecutive chairman for its U.K. production business.

Bazalgette, the former Endemol chief creative officer and current adviser to Sony Music's TV division, will advise the newly combined production businesses of SPT and 2waytraffic on growth and strategy, the company said Thursday.

SPT's production business in the U.K. was responsible for such shows as "Hex," the recent co-production of "Demons" for ITV and the multiplatform show "Sofia's Diary," while 2waytraffic's best known format is "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

SPT president international production Kees Abrahams said that Bazalgette's appointment is "a key first step towards building a creative powerhouse in the U.K. that will be driven by a talented and an ambitious new team."

SPT announced this week that it will bring its global production operations and 2waytraffic together under one division under SPT domestic president Steve Mosko in a bid to more efficiently tap the global market.

Bazalgette will work closely with Abrahams and with the recently arrived Mike Morley, who is SPT's executive vp and chief creative officer international production.

Globally, SPT has production operations in France, Germany, Hong Kong, Miami, China, Russia, Spain and the U.K.