Sony Pictures Television International Appoints Sander Schwartz President, International Production

Jul 11, 2007, 01:00 ET from Sony Pictures Television International

    LONDON, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Television International
 (SPTI) announced today that Sander Schwartz has been appointed president,
 international production, and becomes head of SPTI's global production
 group. This appointment is a result of the expansion of SPTI's local
 language production efforts, which to date have produced over 9,000 hours
 of programming in over 30 countries in 13 languages. SPTI is the division
 of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) responsible for all television, mobile
 and digital distribution businesses outside of the United States. Schwartz
 will relocate from Los Angeles to SPTI's European headquarters in London,
 England, and will report to SPTI's president, Michael Grindon.
     Schwartz joins SPTI with a mandate to lead the international production
 group into a new phase of growth. SPTI has production offices in France,
 Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Miami (Latin America), the People's Republic of
 China, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. SPTI produces a wide range of
 programs in these markets including original series, telenovelas, game
 shows, light entertainment, and productions based on successful U.S.
     "Sander brings with him his significant production experience, great
 management skills and a thorough understanding of international television
 markets," said Grindon. "We are very fortunate to have him back at Sony
 where he will devote his efforts to accelerating our growth in the
 international production business."
     "I have had the privilege of working with Michael and his team before
 and I am very pleased to be joining them in this new role," said Schwartz.
 "I believe that SPTI is the preeminent international production and
 distribution company with great potential for further growth in all genres
 of programming for audiences worldwide."
     Prior to joining SPTI, Schwartz was president of Warner Bros. Animation
 in Los Angeles since 2001 where he was responsible for the studio's
 production of theatrical, made-for-video and classic animation. He also
 oversaw the utilization and adaptation of Warner Bros.' classic library
 characters for all media, and managed the animation production facilities.
     Schwartz's new position at SPTI marks his return to Sony where he
 previously spent 12 years in a number of executive positions. He joined
 Warner Bros. Animation from SPE's family entertainment group, where he
 served as the division's first president from 1999 to 2001, responsible for
 the development, production and distribution of family entertainment films,
 television programs, home video and online content. He was also charged
 with the creation of character-based franchise properties for use across
 Sony's multiple lines of business. Additionally, he was responsible for
 developing and implementing the online strategy for SPE's family
 entertainment business.
     From 1995 to 1999, Schwartz established and oversaw Sony Pictures
 children's television programming as executive vice president and general
 manager, children's programming for Columbia TriStar Television (now Sony
 Pictures Television) in Los Angeles. Under Schwartz, the division produced
 11 series with over 450 half-hours of syndicated and network programming.
     A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Schwartz joined
 SPE in 1989 as senior vice president, business affairs, for SPE's
 television division. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of the
 Japan-based animation producer, TMS Entertainment, Inc. from 1986 to 1989.
 Before that, he held various business affairs posts with Walt Disney
 Pictures and CBS Entertainment in Los Angeles and New York.
     About Sony Pictures Television International
     Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) is the division of Sony
 Pictures Entertainment (SPE) responsible for all television business
 outside of the United States. SPTI operates three complementary lines of
 business: 1) distribution of SPE's feature films and television programming
 to television, mobile and digital content delivery outlets around the
 world, 2) local television production in key international markets, and 3)
 international television networks. In addition to being a leader in the
 distribution of current and classic U.S. and international films and
 television product worldwide, SPTI produces high profile, locally produced
 television in local languages. With dedicated offices in France, Germany,
 Hong Kong, Italy, Miami (Latin America), the People's Republic of China,
 Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom, SPTI currently oversees production in
 nine regions of the world and is the leader in international television
 production among all major Hollywood studios. SPTI's worldwide television
 networks portfolio is a key strategy in the SPE's long-range commitment to
 the global marketplace, with over 40 networks in more than 130 countries
 reaching over 298 million households worldwide. SPTI is a Sony Pictures
 Entertainment company.
     Contacts:  Ron Sato
                Sony Pictures Television International
                +1 310 244 4687
                Gabriella Alaimo Thomas
                Sony Pictures Television International
                +1 310 244-3538

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