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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. […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Sony Plans Major Unscripted Content Expansion With $350M Deal for Industrial Media

Sony Pictures Television is making a strategic push into unscripted content, buying a majority stake in Industrial Media that values the company at $350 million. Industrial Media was formed in 2018 in a merger between Core Media Group and Eli Holzman’s The Intellectual Property Corp. (IPC), with Crestview Partners, BlackRock and UTA among its investors. […]

Chicken Soup for the Soul Buys 1091 Pictures for $15.6M

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment has unveiled a deal to acquire the assets of film studio 1091 Media as part of a $15.6 million cash and stock deal. The deal, subject to closing conditions, offers 1091 Pictures $8 million in cash, $2 million in newly issued preferred NASDAQ shares valued at $25 each, and […]

Sony’s Jennifer Turner Tapped to Lead TriStar TV

TriStar Television has found its next leader. The Sony-based studio has tapped Dr. Jennifer Turner to serve as exec vp, filling the void created in November when former division topper Kathryn Busby departed to head originals at Lionsgate’s Starz. In her new role, Turner will report to Sony Pictures TV Studios co-president Jason Clodfelter and […]

Jeff Garlin Exits ‘The Goldbergs’ After HR Investigation

Jeff Garlin will not return to ABC’s The Goldbergs. The actor, who had starred as patriarch Murray Goldberg on the ABC comedy from producers Sony Pictures Television for the past eight-plus seasons, has departed the series following an HR investigation that stemmed from multiple complaints about his behavior on the set of the 1980s-set series. […]

Sony Buys Majority Stake in ‘His Dark Materials’ Producer Bad Wolf

Sony Pictures Television’s long-rumored acquisition of Bad Wolf — the fast-rising production company behind the HBO/BBC His Dark Materials adaptation and a number of other recent hits — is finally official, adding yet another major British banner to the company’s expanding arsenal. Sony unveiled Wednesday that it had taken a majority stake in the Wales-based […]