Sony TV locks up Steve Mosko

Veteran exec reups deal through 2012

Sony has locked up its tube topper Steve Mosko for another four years, keeping the studio vet firmly in charge of Sony Pictures Television.

Deal, which runs through 2012, comes just weeks after Sony scored its best-ever Emmy nominations tally with 29 bids thanks to series such as FX’s “Damages” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and the ABC telepic “Raisin in the Sun.” After the studio virtually shuttered its scripted division in the early part of this decade, Sony’s TV wing has been rebuilt, under Mosko’s leadership, to now encompass 25 skeins in various stages of production.

Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman-CEO Michael Lynton and co-chair Amy Pascal announced Mosko’s reup on Wednesday.

“Steve has worked wonders in building up our domestic television business,” Lynton said. “He and the team he’s built at SPT have much to be proud of.”

Pascal, who’s been a Sony colleague of Mosko’s for more than 15 years, praised the exec for having “elevated our television business in the community.”

Besides “Damages” and “Breaking Bad,” Mosko’s programming team — led by co-presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht — are behind skeins including “Rescue Me,” “‘Til Death,” “Rules of Engagement,” “My Boys” and the upcoming Fox animated series “Sit Down, Shut Up.”

Mosko also scored a big win recently on the syndication front, signing on with Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Prods. to launch the upcoming talker featuring “Oprah Winfrey Show” regular Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Besides heading up programming and production for broadcast, syndie (“Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy”), daytime (“The Young & the Restless”), cable, online (“The Minisode Network”) and other platforms, Mosko also oversees distribution (both traditional and digital) of Sony’s film, TV and shortform content, as well as ad sales for Sony platforms and outside clients including Tennis Channel, Mojo HD and Sony BMG.

Mosko’s domain also includes Sony’s investments in outlets such as the Web/video-on-demand service Fearnet, the online video site Crackle, cabler GSN and media sales company ITN.

Mosko took the reins of Sony’s TV biz in October 2001, after the company blew up what was then known as Columbia TriStar TV. At the time, the studio made noise about getting out of the primetime biz and, indeed, radically trimmed back its roster and got out of the volume production business.

But under Mosko, Sony began rebuilding its network studio operations and also got heavily involved in the cable series biz — where it found early success with “The Shield.”

Exec first joined Sony in 1992 as Columbia TriStar TV Distribution’s Western region VP, working his way up to president in 2000. Prior to Sony, Mosko was VP-station manager at WPHL-TV Philadelphia; he also spent time at WTAF in Philly and at Baltimore’s WMAR.

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