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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Online Casino in the Works From BetMGM, Sony Pictures TV

Sony Pictures Television is set to turn its Wheel of Fortune game show franchise, with its legendary roulette wheel, into an online casino. The Hollywood studio has teamed with BetMGM, the mobile gaming operator, and International Game Technology to launch the branded online Wheel of Fortune Casino in New Jersey later this year. The online […]

Sony Pictures TV Inks Overall Deal With Former ‘New York Times Presents’ Showrunner’s New Company (Exclusive)

Sony Pictures Television has inked an overall deal with Maxine, the new production company from Emmy-winning executive producer and director and former The New York Times Presents showrunner Mary Robertson. Maxine’s mandate is to tell “extraordinary” nonfiction stories from journalists and filmmakers, and the company is already developing projects in association with The Hollywood Reporter, […]

Jeff Frost Out as Sony TV President

Sony Pictures Television president Jeff Frost is leaving the indie studio. The exec, who had been with Sony since joining from ABC Studios in 2008, had led the studio since he and Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell were promoted to co-presidents in 2017 following the departures of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to Apple. […]

‘Bullet Train’ Drops New Trailer With More Action and Brad Pitt Humor

A new look at Bullet Train dropped Tuesday, featuring a lot more action and hilarious Brad Pitt moments. In the Columbia Pictures action-thriller, Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky but highly gifted assassin determined to finally do his job peacefully. But, naturally, fate has other plans. His latest mission puts him on the world’s fastest […]

Sony Pictures Year-Ahead Strategy: Theatrical Tentpoles, Streaming Exclusives, and Exploiting IP

Sony Pictures Entertainment remains “100 percent committed” to theatrical releases for its “premium” films, but it is also moving forward on a full slate of “moderately-priced” titles being developed for streaming services. Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra discussed his group’s outlook in an investor presentation Thursday. In the slide deck, Vinciquerra emphasized […]

‘Married…With Children’ Animated Series in the Works

The Bundys may be headed back to television. An animated version of Fox’s foundational sitcom Married…With Children is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, which produced the original series. The studio has signed the show’s core cast — Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate and David Faustino — to reprise their roles in voiceover. […]

Crackle Owner Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment to Acquire Redbox

DVD-focused entertainment firm Redbox is set to get new ownership. The company, best known for its red kiosks which rent out DVDs of films and TV series, has agreed to be acquired by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, which owns the Crackle streaming service, among other properties (including, yes, the Chicken Soup for the […]

MIPTV: Sony Talks Bad Wolf Acquisition, Sets ‘The Winter King’ as First Series

Sony Pictures Televsion and fast-rising British drama producers Bad Wolf (His Dark Materials) on Monday shared a stage for the first time since Sony acquired Bad Wolf in December, paying a reported $80 million for a majority stake in the Wales-based production company. Bad Wolf co-CEO Jane Tranter and Wayne Garvie, president of international productions […]

The Battle for Talent Goes Global as MIPTV Kicks Off

What a difference three years makes. International television market MIPTV returns this week —the Cannes-based TV confab runs April 4-6 —for an in-person event for the first time since 2019. The last time small-screen executives made the spring trip to the Cote d’Azur, there were major questions if MIPTV would survive. The annual market had […]

‘Jumanji’ Theme Park Attractions in the Works

Sony Pictures Entertainment has teamed with theme park firm Merlin Entertainment to create branded attraction rides and hotel rooms based on the studio’s popular Jumanji franchise movies. The themed attractions will be launched across Merlin’s theme parks and waterparks in Europe, UK and North America. The agreement will kick off with the first Jumanji ride, […]

Phil Lord, Chris Miller Set ‘Western’ Comedy at IMDb TV

Fresh off Apple’s The Afterparty, creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller are teaming with writer Michelle Morgan for a new comedy at Amazon-backed IMDb TV. The ad-supported streamer has handed out a pilot order for scripted comedy Western, which will be exec produced by the Sony TV-based Lord and Miller. Western is set in the […]

‘Blink’ Filmmakers Parlayed a Horror Short Into Their Feature Debut

Just a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic reshaped Hollywood, filmmakers Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg shot a passion project with an unknown actor named Sophie Thatcher. Two years later, Thatcher’s career is taking off, thanks to work in Yellowjackets and The Book of Boba Fett. And that horror short, Blink, is finally debuting at […]