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Sony Pictures Realigns TV Leadership Structure in Wake of Steve Mosko Exit

In the wake of Sony Pictures TV chairman Steve Mosko’s surprise exit, Sony Pictures has realigned the leadership of the TV division to have four key units reporting directly to studio chief Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment.

Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, co-presidents of U.S. programming and production since 2005, will now oversee all production for the studio, with London-based international production chief Andrea Wong reporting to them.

International distribution chief Keith Le Goy is also rising to oversee all distribution for the studio, including U.S. Andrew Kaplan remains head of worldwide networks and Amy Carney remains president of advertiser sales and research. All of those execs previously reported to Mosko, including Wong.

Sony said the goal of the realignment was more “fully integrate” the TV operations into the rest of Sony Pictures. The perception hat the TV unit operating as an isolated fiefdom is known to have been a source of strain between Lynton and Mosko.

“I want to thank Steve for his many years of service at Sony Pictures and for helping to build SPT into the one of the strongest television studios in the business,” said Lynton.

“Steve has overseen some of SPT’s greatest triumphs and I wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career. We have incredibly strong leadership within our TV divisions. Zack and Jamie, Andy, Keith and Amy have contributed immeasurably to SPT’s success over the years, and bring the right energy, skill and sophistication to navigate a rapidly changing environment and lead our TV business to even greater heights,” he said.

Van Amburg and Erlicht are credited with building a roster of creative talent at the studio, including showrunners Vince Gilligan (“Better Call Saul,” “Breaking Bad”), Ronald Moore (“Outlander”), Shawn Ryan and David Shore, among others. They last renewed their contracts in 2014, believed to be a three-year deal a the time.

The two have worked their way up the creative ranks since joining Sony Pictures TV’s predecessor, Columbia TriStar TV. Van Amburg has been with the studio since 1997 while Erlicht joined in 2002.

Le Goy has been with Sony since 1999, starting out as European sales chief based in London. He was upped to president of international distribution in 2008.

Kaplan has had a long tenure at Sony, previously serving as COO of the TV group during the Jon Feltheimer regime in the 1990s. He left the Culver City lot for a few years before returning as head of worldwide networks.

Carney joined Sony Pictures TV in 2003 from Univision.

(Pictured: Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg)

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