Kaplan tunes in again

Exec returns to Sony TV in VP int'l. slot

Andy Kaplan, who ankled Sony in 2000 after the studio removed the layer of management that included his position, is back with the conglom.

Kaplan will now serve as senior exec vice president of international networks at Sony Pictures Television Intl., where he’ll oversee the company’s interest in 30 channels abroad as well as its stake in the domesticGame Show Network.

He replaces Jon Petrovich, who headed up the channels division since 1999. The job reports to Michael Grindon, president of Sony Pictures Television Intl.

Kaplan most recently briefly served as chairman and CEO at Hollywood Stock Exchange, online entertainment stock market site, leaving it in late 2000.

His first stint with Sony lasted 13 years. During that time, he worked his way up to exec VP of Columbia TriStar TV Group. Kaplan had been in line to succeed Jon Feltheimer as head of the division, but Sony was unable to come to an agreement with Kaplan over his future at the company after Feltheimer departed.

At the time, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Mel Harris decided to streamline Sony’s TV setup and did away with CTTG.

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