You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sophinos takes TCI sat reins

NEW YORK — TCI Satellite Entertainment (TSAT) will make its senior VP of marketing and sales Chris Sophinos acting president until the company becomes absorbed into Primestar, the direct broadcast satellite distributor.

The owners of Primestar are the five largest cable operators in the U.S.: Tele-Communications Inc. (37% stake), Time Warner/Newhouse (30%), Media One (formerly Continental) (10%), Comcast (10%) and Cox (9%). The sixth owner, with 4%, is GE American Communications.

TSAT ran the Primestar operation for its partners in the 1990s, but after a series of meetings in May and June, the principals decided on a new structure that would turn Primestar into a separately run corporation to include all of the satellite assets of News Corp. and MCI. The six partners say they hope to get approval from key government agencies by the end of the year.

Sophinos takes over from Gary Howard, who will stay on as an adviser until the company completes its transition. Howard has already signed a contract to become chairman and CEO of United Video Satellite Group.

More Scene

  • Laverne Cox, Rita Moreno

    Rita Moreno, Laverne Cox Celebrate Outfest, Talk the Weinstein Co.'s Withdrawal From Benefit

    NEW YORK — TCI Satellite Entertainment (TSAT) will make its senior VP of marketing and sales Chris Sophinos acting president until the company becomes absorbed into Primestar, the direct broadcast satellite distributor. The owners of Primestar are the five largest cable operators in the U.S.: Tele-Communications Inc. (37% stake), Time Warner/Newhouse (30%), Media One (formerly […]

  • Good Plus Foundation Halloween Bash

    Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld Host Charity Halloween Bash With Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    NEW YORK — TCI Satellite Entertainment (TSAT) will make its senior VP of marketing and sales Chris Sophinos acting president until the company becomes absorbed into Primestar, the direct broadcast satellite distributor. The owners of Primestar are the five largest cable operators in the U.S.: Tele-Communications Inc. (37% stake), Time Warner/Newhouse (30%), Media One (formerly […]

  • 'Walking Dead' Cast Shares Hopes for

    'Walking Dead' Cast Shares Hopes for 200th Episode at Season 8 Premiere (Watch)

    NEW YORK — TCI Satellite Entertainment (TSAT) will make its senior VP of marketing and sales Chris Sophinos acting president until the company becomes absorbed into Primestar, the direct broadcast satellite distributor. The owners of Primestar are the five largest cable operators in the U.S.: Tele-Communications Inc. (37% stake), Time Warner/Newhouse (30%), Media One (formerly […]

  • David Letterman Mark Twain Prize

    Jimmy Kimmel to David Letterman at Mark Twain Ceremony: 'Everything Was Fine Until You Went Off the Air'

    NEW YORK — TCI Satellite Entertainment (TSAT) will make its senior VP of marketing and sales Chris Sophinos acting president until the company becomes absorbed into Primestar, the direct broadcast satellite distributor. The owners of Primestar are the five largest cable operators in the U.S.: Tele-Communications Inc. (37% stake), Time Warner/Newhouse (30%), Media One (formerly […]

  • 'Suburbicon' film premiere

    George Clooney 'Glad' Academy Took Action Against Weinstein: 'It's Long Overdue'

    NEW YORK — TCI Satellite Entertainment (TSAT) will make its senior VP of marketing and sales Chris Sophinos acting president until the company becomes absorbed into Primestar, the direct broadcast satellite distributor. The owners of Primestar are the five largest cable operators in the U.S.: Tele-Communications Inc. (37% stake), Time Warner/Newhouse (30%), Media One (formerly […]

  • GLSEN Respect Awards

    Gay Actors Talk Sexual Harassment at GLSEN Awards: 'It Definitely Happens'

    NEW YORK — TCI Satellite Entertainment (TSAT) will make its senior VP of marketing and sales Chris Sophinos acting president until the company becomes absorbed into Primestar, the direct broadcast satellite distributor. The owners of Primestar are the five largest cable operators in the U.S.: Tele-Communications Inc. (37% stake), Time Warner/Newhouse (30%), Media One (formerly […]

  • 'The Breadwinner' film premiere

    Angelina Jolie Talks 'The Breadwinner' at AIF Fest: Women's Rights 'Remain a Central Burning Issue'

    NEW YORK — TCI Satellite Entertainment (TSAT) will make its senior VP of marketing and sales Chris Sophinos acting president until the company becomes absorbed into Primestar, the direct broadcast satellite distributor. The owners of Primestar are the five largest cable operators in the U.S.: Tele-Communications Inc. (37% stake), Time Warner/Newhouse (30%), Media One (formerly […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content