Sony Pictures exec joins Cowell’s shingle

Adam Milano to serve as Syco's senior veep of film

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment banner is moving into features, as Adam Milano, who previously served as veep of production for Sony Pictures, has left the studio to join Syco as senior VP of film and senior producer of TV.

Syco, which is a joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment, has entered into a production/distribution pact with Sony Pictures, and while it’s not a first-look deal, the arrangement signals Syco’s ambitions to transition into features.

As Syco wades into new territory, so will Milano, who has never worked in television. In his new position, Milano will be focused on the production of Syco’s new DJ format, as well as its existing global formats and new shows in development. Based out of Los Angeles, Milano’s role will also encompass the development of new scripted and unscripted TV shows, as well as movies.

“I’m really pleased Adam is joining Syco. We have lots of new projects coming up and I’m looking forward to working with him on all of these,” said Cowell.

Said Milano: “The opportunity to work with Simon and the Syco team is a dream come true.”

Milano spent 13 years at Sony Pictures, joining the studio in 1999 as a 19-year-old intern. He was upped to creative executive at Columbia Pictures back in July 2004 after serving as an assistant to Amy Baer, and was named VP of production in October 2008. At the time of his exit, Milano had been overseeing several Sony pics including “Sex Tape” and “Shadow Runner.” He previously oversaw the production of Happy Madison hits “Just Go With It” and “The House Bunny,” as well as the upcoming Adam Sandler vehicle “That’s My Boy,” which hits theaters June 15.

Syco is the production company behind leading TV franchises “The X Factor,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Britain’s Got Talent.”