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Ovation buys The Halcyon, X Company

US cable net Ovation has bought two Sony-distributed period dramas: The Halcyon and X Company. Arts-skewed channel Ovation will launch both series in the US. The Halcyon is set in a London hotel during World War II and is produced by Sony-backed Left Bank and aired on ITV in the UK. X Company is produced […]

Sony lowers forecasts but keeps studio

Sony has lowered full-year forecasts for its entertainment business after reporting a double-digit decline in revenue at the division, which includes the feature film, TV and channels operations. The Japanese company recorded a massive write down at its Sony Pictures division earlier this year, but said yesterday the division can return to growth by producing […]

First Southeast Asia deal for Shark Tank

Business format Shark Tank is heading into Southeast Asia for the first time after VTV in Vietnam ordered a local version of the evergreen show. VTV’s 16-episode version of the show rolls out next year and was announced as the ARTF market in Singapore draws to a close. Sony Pictures Television distributes the finished show […]

Sony and iQIYI in China streaming first

Sony’s TV arm has teamed with Chinese ISP iQIYI and the pair will make a Chinese-language adaptation of US drama Chosen. The Mandarin-language copro will be delivered as a three-parter for the iQIYI streaming service. The Chinese company and Sony Pictures Television announced the news at a press conference in Beijing yesterday. Chosen was an […]

Content hires London-based sales VP

Content Media has brought in Tom Bairstow as vice president, sales and distribution. The new recruit, who was most recently at Sony Pictures Television, will be based in London and cover sales across all platforms to French-speaking Europe and Africa, Japan, Asia, Israel and Middle East. Content recently brought together its film and TV sales […]

Left Bank lands Amazon Indian original

Amazon has ordered an original drama pilot for its soon-to-launch Indian service, with Slumdog Millionaire and 24 star Anil Kapoor on board. The series will be based upon the Michael Faber novel The Book of Strange New Things and will be produced by Sony’s UK-based prodco Left Bank Pictures (The Crown). Kevin MacDonald (The Last King […]

Job losses as Sony restructures UK-based sales

Two of Sony’s London team have been made redundant, with another likely to also go as the studio restructures its London-based EMEA sales effort. Alex Beckett and Federico Perale have been let go, with the position of another of the London-based sales team also under review. In related news TBI understands that Tom Bairstow is leaving […]

Pre-market Shark Tank deals for Sony

Sony Pictures Television has struck several pre-MIPCOM deals for one of its evergreen formats, Shark Tank. In Israel, commercial broadcaster Keshet has ordered a local version of Shark Tank (aka Dragon’s Den) and local prodco, and formats specialist Gil will make the show. Canal Sony in Brazil has ordered a local version, Negotiating with Sharks, […]

Sony poaches UK sales exec from Warner Bros.

Sony’s distribution arm has hired Dee Robertson for a UK and Ireland role, with the experienced sales exec joining from rival studio Warner Bros., TBI has learned. Robertson will be vice president, distribution, covering the UK and Ireland at Sony Pictures Television, and will be in her new role for MIPCOM next month. She joins […]

Sony buys into Jordskott team’s Swedish prodco

Sony has bought into Palladium Fiction, the Swedish firm behind mystery drama hit Jordskott. Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake for an undisclosed amount, and will sell Palladium’s content internationally with the prodco focused on high-end drama for the international market. Its current projects include season two of Jordskott, which goes out on […]

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