Miller ankles post at SPE

Sony TV chief Miller ankles exec VP slot

Dennis Miller, who had corporate oversight of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s worldwide TV division, has resigned as exec VP for SPE with the intent of exploring other options, the studio announced Friday.

Miller’s plans were uncertain, but sources said he would be choosing from several possibilities in the next few weeks.

Miller was one of the last vestiges of the Sony regime headed by former chairman Alan Levine. He had been hired by Levine in February 1995, into a job overseeing the TV operations as well as identifying strategic business possibilities in new markets.

Sources said the new Sony management team of president and chief operating officer John Calley, co-president Jeff Sagansky and exec VPs Yuki Nozoe and Bob Wynne wanted to essentially set up a new studio management structure, eliminating any remnants of the former regime. Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Cos. president Fred Bernstein ankled in November.

When Sagansky, who was formerly based in New York for Sony Corp. of America, moved back to Los Angeles for Sony this fall, he took over most of Miller’s duties, working with Sony Television president Jon Feltheimer on its TV division. Sagansky had been president of CBS Entertainment before coming to Sony.

“The opportunity that was originally presented had changed,” Miller told Daily Variety. “Under the new scenario, Sony is extremely well-represented with television expertise. I’m very proud of the accomplishments. I’m leaving it in terrific shape.”

In a statement, Sagansky said: “Dennis has made valuable contributions to the growth and profitability of our global television business. He has played an important role in developing a strategic blueprint for our worldwide TV activities.”

Miller added: “I believe that I have accomplished my primary objective, which was to develop a gameplan for leveraging SPE’s strengths as a premium content provider throughout the world marketplace. … I wish the new management team under John Calley, Jeff Sagansky, Bob Wynne and Yuki Nozoe great success.”

Before Sony, Miller was president of Turner Pictures from 1990 to 1995. Prior to that he was president and COO of Think Entertainment, a cable production company owned by TCI, Newhouse and United Artists Cable.

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