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September 9, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Helen Verno is the queen of television movies and miniseries. An executive vice president at Sony Pictures Television, Verno has overseen the development and production of hundreds of projects during more than two decades with the studio. Her most recent success was the Emmy-nominated "Hatfields & McCoys," which starred Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton and scored record ratings for the History Channel this year. Engrossed by movies: A Bronx native, Verno spent her teen years eating popcorn and staring at the big screen.
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March 28, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
Aaron McGruder, the creator of "The Boondocks" comic strip and animated series, has finally weighed in on his exit from the show, saying an emotional goodbye to his edgy characters just a few weeks before the April 21 launch of the fourth and final season of the series on Adult Swim. His comments come a week after Sony Pictures Television, which produces the animated series about 10-year-old black militant Huey Freeman and his gangsta-wanna-be younger brother Riley living in the suburbs with their grandfather, said in a press release that the upcoming season "was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.
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NEWS
October 30, 2007
'Buried Alive': A Week Ahead item in Monday's Calendar section identified the producer of the online series "Buried Alive" as Sony Pictures Television. White Rock Lake Productions is the producer of the series. Sony Pictures Television is the distributor.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Jerry Seinfeld is getting caffeinated for the New Year. On Jan. 2 his popular Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" will premiere its third season on Crackle and comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com . The show, which generally runs about 15 minutes or so, is pure Seinfeld. It features the comedian picking up another comedian friend in a new and snazzy car and going for a drive with coffee. In the first two seasons Seinfeld chewed the fat with Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, David Letterman, Ricky Gervais and Alec Baldwin, among others.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Sony Pictures Entertainment, a division of Sony Corp., the world's largest consumer-electronics maker, renamed its domestic and international television operations to include the Sony name. Columbia TriStar Domestic Television will now operate as Sony Pictures Television, and Columbia TriStar International Television becomes Sony Pictures Television International, Sony said in a statement. Sony's American depositary receipts, each representing one common share, rose 4 cents to $42.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2005 | Meg James
Tribune Co. and Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Television said they had formed a partnership to develop and produce syndicated shows for Tribune's 26 television stations, including KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles. The agreement provides an outlet for shows produced by Culver City-based Sony Television, the last major TV studio not affiliated with a broadcast network. Tribune agreed to air at least one daytime series the companies would develop, beginning in fall 2006.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Sony Pictures Television is upping its stake in Multi Screen Media, which operates television networks in India. Under the terms of the deal, Sony will pay $271 million to acquire the 32% of Multi Screen Media shares held by Grandway Global Holdings and Atlas Equifin. Upon completion of the deal, Sony will own about 94% of the company. "SPT has enjoyed great success with our channels in India and this acquisition further demonstrates our commitment to entertaining Indian audiences," said Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks for Sony Pictures Television.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Jerry Seinfeld is getting caffeinated for the New Year. On Jan. 2 his popular Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" will premiere its third season on Crackle and comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com . The show, which generally runs about 15 minutes or so, is pure Seinfeld. It features the comedian picking up another comedian friend in a new and snazzy car and going for a drive with coffee. In the first two seasons Seinfeld chewed the fat with Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, David Letterman, Ricky Gervais and Alec Baldwin, among others.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Meg James
It was a good week to be the queen. Queen Latifah's new talk show averaged 1.8 million viewers an episode during its premiere week, according to Nielsen ratings data. The hour-long talk and variety show, which debuted on Sept. 16, got off to a solid start. However, it has not delivered blockbuster ratings that some had hoped for. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Two more established talk shows attracted larger audiences during the week of Sept. 16. "Katie" with Katie Couric drew an average of 2.3 million viewers each day, according to Nielsen.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2011 | Meg James
"Community," NBC's quirky Thursday night comedy, has been a slacker in the ratings. The sitcom about misfit community college students, starring Joel McHale and Chevy Chase, has averaged about 4 million viewers an episode this season, not enough to guarantee survival in the dog-eat-dog world of network television. The tepid ratings prompted NBC to put the show on hiatus. Still, despite its struggles, the series is headed toward the promised land of syndication. Just a few years ago, a syndication sale for a modest performer like "Community" would have been unthinkable.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Touting successes "Breaking Bad" and the forthcoming "Better Call Saul," Sony Pictures told investors Thursday that it would undergo a "significant shift" away from movies and toward the "higher margin" television business. During the half-day presentation , Sony TV chief Steve Mosko highlighted the $1.5 billion in revenue generated by the company's television networks division in the last fiscal year, emphasizing that 75% of that figure was from overseas where the studio sees opportunity for more growth.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Meg James
It was a good week to be the queen. Queen Latifah's new talk show averaged 1.8 million viewers an episode during its premiere week, according to Nielsen ratings data. The hour-long talk and variety show, which debuted on Sept. 16, got off to a solid start. However, it has not delivered blockbuster ratings that some had hoped for. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Two more established talk shows attracted larger audiences during the week of Sept. 16. "Katie" with Katie Couric drew an average of 2.3 million viewers each day, according to Nielsen.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Meg James
Sony Pictures Television's big syndication bet this season, "The Queen Latifah Show," got off to a solid start Monday. The hourlong talk show, produced on Sony's movie lot in Culver City, ranked as the second most popular debut of a talk show since "Dr. Oz" went on the air in 2009, according to preliminary audience totals released Tuesday. "The Queen Latifah Show" generated a 1.7 household rating in the nation's largest TV markets, according to Nielsen data. The highly promoted episode tucked in behind last season's premiere of "Katie" featuring journalist Katie Couric.  CRITIC'S PICKS: What to see, hear, do and more The initial episode of "Katie" achieved a 2.0 household rating in the largest TV markets.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Former 20th Century Fox executive Tom Rothman and Sony Pictures Entertainment are launching a new joint venture to bring back TriStar, the company said Thursday.  The new venture, called TriStar Productions, will develop, finance and produce films and television programming, starting in September. Rothman will serve as the entity's chairman and Sony Pictures will provide financing and keep distribution rights. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Rothman will report to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, and Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  The new entity will produce up to four films a year under the TriStar Pictures brand and will develop TV programming for Sony Pictures Television.  This move will revive the TriStar label, which has been mostly dormant for years.  TriStar Pictures, originally launched in 1984, had a mixed cinema record.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2013 | By Daniel Miller and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Sony Corp. stock soared in afternoon trading after New York hedge fund Third Point proposed that the electronics and media giant make an initial public stock offering of up to 20% of its entertainment arm. That unit, known as Sony Entertainment Inc., includes film and television studio Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment. The proposal also raised the specter of a possible Sony alliance - perhaps with CBS Corp., whose CEO Leslie Moonves has long dreamed of running a movie studio.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Meg James
New York hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb wants Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp. to spin off its Culver City entertainment business. CBS Corp. might like that, too. Loeb, whose Third Point funds own more than $1 billion in Sony stock, sent a letter Tuesday to Sony's chief executive, Kazuo Hirai, suggesting an initial public offering of 15% to 20% of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Sony said that its Hollywood operations are not for sale, and a CBS corporate spokesman declined to comment on "rumor and speculation.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2006 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Two of the networks' most-touted new serialized dramas appear to be on the ropes after only three weeks of the fall TV season, but producers of both shows say they are not down for the count -- at least not yet. CBS has pulled "Smith," starring Ray Liotta as a thief encountering pressures on the job and at home, from its lineup and did not specify if or when the drama would return. The series, which co-starred Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen, comes from acclaimed producer John Wells.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Former 20th Century Fox executive Tom Rothman and Sony Pictures Entertainment are launching a new joint venture to bring back TriStar, the company said Thursday.  The new venture, called TriStar Productions, will develop, finance and produce films and television programming, starting in September. Rothman will serve as the entity's chairman and Sony Pictures will provide financing and keep distribution rights. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Rothman will report to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, and Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  The new entity will produce up to four films a year under the TriStar Pictures brand and will develop TV programming for Sony Pictures Television.  This move will revive the TriStar label, which has been mostly dormant for years.  TriStar Pictures, originally launched in 1984, had a mixed cinema record.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Helen Verno is the queen of television movies and miniseries. An executive vice president at Sony Pictures Television, Verno has overseen the development and production of hundreds of projects during more than two decades with the studio. Her most recent success was the Emmy-nominated "Hatfields & McCoys," which starred Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton and scored record ratings for the History Channel this year. Engrossed by movies: A Bronx native, Verno spent her teen years eating popcorn and staring at the big screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Sony Pictures Television is upping its stake in Multi Screen Media, which operates television networks in India. Under the terms of the deal, Sony will pay $271 million to acquire the 32% of Multi Screen Media shares held by Grandway Global Holdings and Atlas Equifin. Upon completion of the deal, Sony will own about 94% of the company. "SPT has enjoyed great success with our channels in India and this acquisition further demonstrates our commitment to entertaining Indian audiences," said Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks for Sony Pictures Television.
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