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Steve Mosko steps down; SPT top leadership to be shared by vertical heads

MUMBAI: One of Hollywood movie and television content creator Sony’s longest serving executives Steve Mosko is stepping down from his role as Sony Pictures Television chairman after nearly a quarter of a century.

Mosko will have a consulting role. There is now going to be a realignment of the television unit. Leadership of Sony TV will be shared by vertical heads presidents of programming and production Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht; worldwide networks president Andy Kaplan, president of distribution Keith Le Goy and president of ad sales and research Amy Carney. Each will now report directly to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

steve-moskoThe company said that the five people reporting directly to Lynton will more fully integrate Sony TV into the broader Sony Pictures Entertainment business.

The ‘Los Angeles Times’ in a report said that Lynton and Mosko often clashed. They were in the middle of negotiating a new agreement to replace Mosko’s employment contract that was due to expire later this year. Many people were surprised at the move as Mosko had recently been promoted.

“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. 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” said Lynton.