Sony Pictures Television Networks


Sony channels launch on Amazon in Germany, Austria

Three Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) channels have joined the Amazon Channels line-up in Germany and Austria. AXN, Sony Channel and Animax are now available as part of the service in what Sony described as a “first of its kind” deal between SPTN and Amazon. Viewers can watch the linear channels live and also access […]

Turner & Viacom execs to run Sony UK channels

Two well known British executives will run the Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) portfolio of channels in the UK. SPTN has named Turner’s Steve Hornsey as VP of its UK entertainment portfolio, while Sarah Muller (pictured), who runs children’s programming at Viacom-owned Channel 5, will become VP of the kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee […]

Amazon in Absentia with Sony drama deal

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive rights to Sony thriller drama Absentia in various territories. Amazon has bought rights to the Masha Productions drama in the US, UK, Australia, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore and South Korea among others. Absentia went out on Sony Pictures Television Networks-owned AXN channels to good ratings in Iberia […]

Crackle chief upped to Sony networks digital boss

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has promoted the boss of its on-demand service, Crackle, to executive VP and chief digital officer. Eric Berger will remain general manager of OTT service Crackle, but also now oversees worldwide digital strategy across all Sony channels. The long-serving exec has been with Sony since 2006 and Crackle since 2008, […]

Sony launches free-to-air movies channel in Italy

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is to launch a new free-to-air movie channel, Cine Sony, in Italy on September 7. The launch of Sony’s latest free-to-air venture in the Italian market follows the launch of kids’ channel, POP in May. The new channel replaces Capri Gourmet, which SPTN acquired in April 2017. Cine Sony will […]

Sony buys Turner’s UK truTV

Sony’s acquisitive channels division has Turner’s truTV in the UK. Turner rolled out the general entertainment channel in amid much fanfare in May 2014, but it struggled to gain a foothold with centerpiece launch series Conan removed from the schedule and an audience share of under 1%. The launch marked the pay TV group’s move […]

Sony Pictures buys into Genius

Sony Pictures’ home entertainment arm has bought into LA kids company Genius Brands International. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment previously had a multiyear marketing and distributing agreement with Genius for its Kid Genius and Baby Genius labels in North America, but will now rep all of the company’s brands in the US and Canada. Genius brands […]

Mexican net, SVOD service co-order Sony format

Mexico’s Canal Sony and Lain American SVOD player Claro Video have co-commissioned the first version of business-cum-reality-entertainment format Shark Tank. Shark Tank Mexico: Negociando con Tiburones will first play on SPT Networks-owned Sony channel, with episodes then made available on American Movil-backed Claro Video. The deal was done with Canal Sony stablemate SPT, which sells […]

Sony Pictures Television closes Film1 deal

Sony Pictures Television Networks has completed its buyout of Dutch channel group Film1 from Liberty Global, after gaining approval from the European Commission. The closing of the deal and means SPT’s channels arm now fully owns and operates the five Film1-branded pay TV channels – Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy and Kids, Film1 Spotlight […]

Sony Pictures Television buys Film1 from Liberty

Sony Pictures Television Networks has agreed to buy Dutch channel group Film 1 from Liberty Global. Under the deal, SPT will fully own and operate the five Film 1-branded pay TV channels – Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy and Kids, Film1 Spotlight, and Film1 Sundance – as well as the Film1 Go digital service. […]