CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In a strategic move aimed at
capitalizing on the overall strength of the Sony brand, Sony Pictures
Entertainment has renamed its domestic and international television
operations, it was announced today by John Calley, Chairman and CEO of Sony
Pictures Entertainment. Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (CTDT) and
Columbia TriStar International Television (CTIT) will now operate under the
names Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Sony Pictures Television
International (SPTI), respectively.
"By more closely aligning our television operations with the Sony name, we
will be able to leverage the power of one of the world's most recognized and
respected brands," Calley said. "This move further enforces our commitment to
television production, distribution and syndication around the world."
"The Sony name stands for quality, innovation, endless possibilities and
fun, the very ideals we're embracing in the television division," said Steve
Mosko, President, Sony Pictures Television. "Extending the Sony brand to our
division underscores our commitment to those values."
"The Sony brand is recognized and appreciated worldwide," said Michael
Grindon, President, Sony Pictures Television International. "For television
audiences, advertisers and our broadcast clients, the Sony name reinforces the
quality, innovation and technological sophistication we associate with our
programming and channels throughout the world."
As the first television business created by a major Hollywood studio,
SPE's television operations trace their history to the founding of Screen Gems
in 1948. Currently, SPE's television divisions produce or distribute
approximately 60 programs worldwide, spanning all formats and genres with
local programming in eight languages. SPE also grants licensing rights to its
large library of television programs and motion pictures to network affiliates
and independent stations in the United States and to international television
stations and other broadcasters throughout the world.
Sony Pictures Television's current programming includes: Prime Time
Series -- "The King of Queens" (CBS), "The Guardian" (CBS) and "Dawson's
Creek" (WB); The #1 and #2 Network Daytime Serials -- "The Young and the
Restless" (CBS) and "Days of Our Lives" (NBC); The world's #1 and #2
Syndicated Game Shows -- "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!"; Made-for-Cable --
"The Shield" (FX), "Odyssey V" (Showtime), "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"
(TBS), "Strong Medicine" (Lifetime), "Worst-Case Scenario" (TBS), "Street
Time" (Showtime), "Russian Roulette" (Game Show Network) and "Residents"
(TNT); First-Run Syndication -- "Ricki Lake," "Judge Hatchett," "Shipmates,"
"Pyramid" and "eBayTV" (Fall '03); Off-Network Syndication -- "Seinfeld,"
"Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You," "The Nanny," "Married ... With Children,"
"The Steve Harvey Show" and "The Larry Sanders Show"; Upcoming Telefilms --
"Murder in Greenwich" (USA), "Martin and Lewis" (CBS), "Christmas Rush" (TBS);
Family Entertainment (animated series) -- "Jackie Chan Adventures" (WB),
"Harold and the Purple Crayon" (HBO) and "Dragon Tales" (the #1 series on
PBS); upcoming animated projects include "Spider-Man" (MTV) and "Stuart
Little" (HBO Family).
Sony Pictures Television International continues to expand its worldwide
distribution capabilities and leverage its motion picture and television
library assets, with over 30 channels reaching more than 140 million viewers
worldwide. SPTI's international productions are a key strategy in the
Company's long-range commitment to the global marketplace. A major
distributor of quality entertainment, SPTI also recognizes the need for
localized content. With dedicated offices in France, Germany, Hong Kong,
India, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom, SPTI currently oversees
production in eight countries, yielding some 2,300 hours of television.
SPE's television library includes over 35,000 television episodes,
275 television series and more than 22,000 episodes of game show programming
from 50 years of television history, including such TV classics as THE THREE
STOOGES, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, BEWITCHED, ALL IN THE FAMILY, THE JEFFERSONS,
CHARLIE'S ANGELS, DIFF'RENT STROKES and MARRIED ... WITH CHILDREN.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a division of Sony Corporation of
America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global
operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television
production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution;
worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and
distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment
products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment
in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide
Web at http://www.sonypictures.com .
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