Sony Pictures Television is being reorganised across its television networks, distribution and home entertainment units.
“These changes are part of our ongoing ‘reimagining SPE’ efforts that [CEO] Tony [Vinciquerra] announced earlier this year to create a stronger and more agile organisation, one that is better able to pivot and capitalise on opportunities in a fast-changing and increasingly complex global marketplace,” SPT's chairman Mike Hopkins said in a memo to staff.
Global networks operations and worldwide distribution/home entertainment will combine into a single business unit operating in a “territory management model.” SPT also will establish a direct-to-consumer unit “focused on engaging audiences and building new platforms.”
Additional layoffs are expected at the company as the result of the merging of three separate divisions.
The new territory management model will be led by Keith LeGoy, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment, with regional leaders reporting into him.
Europe will be led by Mark Young in Western Europe and John Rossiter in Eastern and Central Europe. Other areas that will also report into LeGoy include distribution operations, distribution strategy and content management, content partnerships and global partner marketing, and consumer insights and innovation.
Chief digital officer Eric Berger will oversee the newly formed direct-to-consumer unit, which will be composed of Crackle, Funimation, Film 1 OTT and Animax On Demand.