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Inside the Negotiations as CBS and Sony Battled Over ‘SWAT’

In May 2017, Sony Pictures Television gave NBC a 50 percent ownership share of Timeless to get the Shawn Ryan-produced drama a second season after the broadcast network’s surprise decision to cancel the time-travel series. Flash forward six years and Sony — the independent studio where Ryan has been based with an overall deal since […]

Shemar Moore Says “Canceling ‘SWAT’ Is a F***ing Mistake,” Calls Out TV Diversity

A day after CBS announced the cancellation of SWAT, series lead Shemar Moore took to social media to share an impassioned video of himself expressing his disappointment in how the decision was handled. The network revealed Friday that the series, on which Moore has starred as LAPD Sgt. Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson since its November 2017 […]

Sony Pictures Television Hires Big Talk’s Matthew Justice to Lead U.K., European Operations

In what is likely to be considered a major poach, Sony Pictures Television has hired Mathew Justice — a seasoned U.K. industry vet and currently managing director of the ITV Studios-owned Big Talk — for the newly created role of executive vp, head of U.K. and Europe. Reporting to SPT president of international productions Wayne Garvie, Justice […]

Will Smith, Martin Lawrence Help Kick Off CinemaCon from Set of ‘Bad Boys 4’

Sony’s CinemaCon presentation kicked off Monday evening in Las Vegas with a little help from Mike Lowrey and Marcus Bennett. The leads of the Bad Boys franchise — played respectively by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence — added some star power to the festivities, even if it happened to be remote via a recorded message from […]

‘The Night Agent’ Earns Speedy Season 2 Renewal at Netflix

The Night Agent is back on the job at Netflix. The streaming giant has handed out a swift second-season renewal to the drama from Sony Pictures Television and showrunner Shawn Ryan. The Gabriel Basso starrer debuted Thursday and immediately reached No. 1 on Netflix’s English TV list with more than 168 million hours watched, making […]

Sony Pictures’ Quarterly Profit Falls to $179M, Group CFO Promoted to President

Sony Pictures’ operating income for its fiscal third quarter ending December fell to $179 million, down 86 percent from $1.31 billion in the same period the previous year, hit by the lack of major theatrical hits and lower revenue from television licensing. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile was the Sony unit’s biggest earner with $96 million, followed […]

Peter Sealey, Former Columbia Pictures Marketing Executive, Dies at 82

Peter Sealey, the longtime Coca-Cola marketing executive who spent six years with Columbia Pictures after the soft-drink company acquired the studio in 1982, has died. He was 82. Sealey died Dec. 15 in Palm Springs of complications from a fall, his family announced. When the Coca-Cola Co. bought Columbia for $750 million, Sealey became president […]

‘Matilda the Musical’ Topples ‘Black Panther 2’ at U.K. Box Office

An adaptation of a stage musical about a studious schoolgirl has topped Black Panther: Wakanda Forever from the top of the U.K. box office. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical took $5 million in its opening weekend for Sony Pictures, more than half the overall box office. From director Matthew Warchus and based on his own […]

‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner to Lead Marvel’s ‘Silk’ for Amazon and MGM+

Angela Kang is trading zombies for superheroes. The Walking Dead showrunner has moved her overall deal from AMC to Amazon and has signed on to oversee Silk: Spider Society, the first in an expected slate of Marvel TV series based on the Sony Pictures universe that features more than 900 characters. The series, which is […]

‘Euphoria’ Star Jacob Elordi to Lead WWII Miniseries for Sony’s Curio Pictures

Euphoria star Jacob Elordi is headed home for his next TV project. The Australian actor has signed on to star in The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a limited series set during World War II that will film in his native country. The drama from Sony Pictures Television’s Curio Pictures is based on Richard […]

Paramount, Sony Join MPA and EICOP’s Entertainment Law and Policy Fellowship (Exclusive)

Paramount and Sony have become the first member studios to participate in the MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law and Policy Fellowship, the program first announced by the Motion Picture Association and the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program last fall. Billy Davis (Howard University School of Law ’21) will join Paramount as MPA-EICOP’s inaugural Law Fellow, while Rhyan […]

‘Matilda the Musical’ Director Matthew Warchus on Opening the London Film Festival, Emma Thompson’s “Big Surprise” and Bringing ‘Pride’ to Stage

The 2022 BFI London Film Festival has a lineup that — like so many previous years — is impressively crammed with the biggest and the buzziest films to have emerged from the summer and fall festival seasons. Empire of Light, The Banshees of Inisherin, The Whale, The Son and Decision to Leave are just some of the […]