An update was made to this article on Oct. 10, 2003.
Veteran British production exec Chris Pye, who formerly held top creative posts with Granada and the BBC, has been named VP of worldwide formats at Sony Pictures Television Intl.
Sony has been at the forefront among Hollywood majors in localizing production efforts in various key territories around the world.
In his new post, Pye will be working with both the international and domestic production units on the identification, development and implementation of gameshow and light entertainment formats. He’ll be on hand for Mipcom in Cannes at the Sony booth.
Based in London and reporting to senior exec VP SPTI John McMahon, exec VP Intl. Productions SPTI Steve Kent and prexy of Programming and Production SPT Russ Krasnoff, Pye will be responsible for identifying and acquiring formats that SPTI’s production group will launch through its international operations.
In addition, Pye will work closely with SPT to identify comedy and drama formats for production for broadcast and cable outlets in the U.S.
“Chris’ arrival coincides with Sony’s plan to rapidly increase our development and production of light entertainment series. His substantial and varied experience will be a significant asset as we look to expand our format offerings to our clients around the world,” McMahon said.
Most recently, Pye served as commercial director-exec VP, international productions and distribution, at Granada Content in London since 2000, responsible for all of the ITV company’s international production and distribution activities and strategy.
Pye spent most of the ’90s working in production positions at the BBC and before that spent 13 years in the U.S., working as a writer and producer for all the top networks.