Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television, Inc.
Type Subsidiary of Sony Pictures
Industry Television production
Television syndication
Founded September 16, 2002
Headquarters Culver City, California, United States
Key people Steve Mosko[1]
Owner(s) Sony Corporation
Parent Sony Pictures Entertainment
Website SPT Website

Sony Pictures Television, Inc. (SPT) is an American and global television production/distribution subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment. In turn, the latter is part of the Japanese conglomerate Sony.



SPT was previously known as Screen Gems, Columbia Pictures Television, TriStar Television, and Columbia TriStar Television. The name was changed to reflect the Sony brand on September 16, 2002.[2]

SPT also owns and distributes the shows from Tandem Productions, ELP Communications (from T.A.T. to ELP Communications), TeleVentures, Merv Griffin Enterprises, Four D Productions, Barris Industries, Barry & Enright Productions, Stewart Tele Enterprises, and 2waytraffic.

From 2005 until 2006, SPT also distributed MGM's TV shows and movie library (due in part to the Sony-led consortium's purchase of MGM). In 2006, SPT joined forces with Program Partners to handle ad-sales and distribution rights to foreign television series in the U.S., mostly shows produced in Canada.

In Summer 2007, SPT introduced The Minisode Network; a digital channel for MySpace airing shows from the 1960s to early 2000s from four to five minutes. In Winter 2007, The Minisode Network was also added to a few more sites like AOL TV, YouTube, and its sister site Crackle site.

On June 4, 2008, SPT bought Hilversum, Netherlands-based production company 2waytraffic, international holders of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? franchise.[3]

On January 14, 2009, SPT acquired Embassy Row, a television and digital production company by British television producer Michael Davies. Three months later on April 1, Sony Pictures Entertainment consolidated its US and international television divisions into one roof. Sony Pictures Television International now operates in-name-only.[4]

The company also operates the three SPE Networks: AXN, Animax, and Sony Entertainment Television.

SPT owns 40% of cable channel GSN (with DirecTV),[5] owner of Crackle, a partner in FEARnet; the horror/thriller website and VOD service (with Lions Gate Entertainment and Comcast), and jointly owns the rights to most of the post-1947 Bob Hope film library such as My Favorite Brunette, The Lemon Drop Kid, The Seven Little Foys, The Great Lover, and Son of Paleface with FremantleMedia.

Joining Jeff Arnold (founder of WebMD) and Dr. Mehmet Oz, SPT co-found the online QA platform Sharecare, where users have their health and wellness-related questions answered by industry experts and institutions such as AARP, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins.[6] Additional co-founders in Sharecare include Harpo Productions, Discovery Communications and HSW International.[7]

Shows produced and/or distributed by SPT

In addition to the Columbia TriStar Pictures theatrical library, SPT handles the following:

Current programming

  • The Three Stooges (1958–present) (1958-1974 by Screen Gems, 1974-1995 by Columbia Pictures Television, 1995-2002 by Columbia TriStar Television Distribution/Columbia TriStar International Television, 2002–present by Sony Pictures Television)
  • Jeopardy! (1964–1975, 1978–1979, 1983, 1984–present) (produced by MGP 1964-1975, 1978–1979, 1983 and 1984 pilots, MGE 1984-1994, CTT 1994-2002, and SPT 2002–present; distributed by King World (1983–2007), CBS Television Distribution (2007–present))[8]
  • Days of Our Lives (1965–present) (in conjunction with Corday Productions, continued on by CPT 1974-2001, CTT 2001-2002, and SPT 2002–Present)
  • The Young and the Restless (1973–present) (in conjunction with Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Corday Productions, continued on by CPT 1974-2001, CTT 2001-2002, and SPT 2002–Present)
  • Wheel of Fortune (1975–present) (produced by Merv Griffin Productions 1975-1984, MGE 1984-1994, CTT 1994-2002, and SPT 2002–present; syndicated nighttime version distributed by King World (1983–2007), CBS Television Distribution (2007–present))[8]
  • Carson's Comedy Classics (1983–present) (Produced by Carson Productions)
  • Rescue Me (2004–present) (co-produced with DreamWorks Television, Apostle and the Cloudland Company)
  • The Boondocks (2005–present) (co-produced with Rebel Base by SPT's Adelaide Productions)
  • 10 Items or Less (2006–present)
  • Damages (2007–Present)
  • Rules of Engagement (2007–present)
  • Breaking Bad (2008–present)
  • The Newlywed Game (1966–1974, 1977–1980, 1984–1989, 1996–1999, 2009–present) (1966-1986 by Chuck Barris Productions, 1986-1989 by Barris Productions/Barris Industries, Inc., 1996–1999 by Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, 2009–Present by Embassy Row, GSN, and Sony Pictures Television)
  • The Dr. Oz Show (2009–present; co-produced with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions)
  • Community (2009–present; co-produced with Universal Media Studios and Krasnoff Foster Productions; Sony will also own syndication rights)
  • Drop Dead Diva (2009–present; co-produced with Storyline Pictures and Lifetime Television)
  • Shark Tank (2009–Present)
  • The Sing-Off (2009–Present)
  • Watch What Happens: Live (2009–Present) (co-produced by Embassy Row and Bravo)
  • Justified (2010–Present)
  • The Nate Berkus Show (2010–Present; co-produced with Harpo productions)
  • The Big C (2010-Present; in association with Showtime)
  • Breaking In (2011) (in association with Happy Madison)[9]
  • Happy Endings (2011-present; co-produced with FanFare Productions and ABC Studios)
  • The Glee Project (2011-Present; Co-produced with Embassy Row and Oxygen)
  • Pan Am (September 2011-present; co-produced with Woodbridge Television)
  • Unforgettable (September 2011-present; co-produced with CBS Television Studios)
  • The Substitute (2001-present; in association with Embassy Row and MTV Production Development)

Off-net syndication

Upcoming series

  • Re-Modeled (to debut Midseason 2011-12; in association with Fly On the Wall Entertainment)
  • The Firm (to debut in 2012; produced by Entertainment One Television in association with Sony Pictures Television and Paramount Pictures; Entertainment One will own TV rights outside of AXN markets)[10]

Library programming

Screen Gems to Sony Pictures Television

(All series by Screen Gems, CPT, TriStar TV, CTT, CTIT, Adelaide Productions, SPT, and SPTI; some having gone through distribution from Colex Enterprises)

Screen Gems
Columbia Pictures Television
TriStar Television
Columbia TriStar Television
Columbia TriStar International Television
Adelaide Productions
Note: Adelaide serves as copyright holder and producer of the following shows, but bears the logo of the respective SPE branch.
Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television International

Spelling-Goldberg Productions

(bold text indicates a Spelling-Goldberg/CPT co-production)

Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions

  • Soap (1977–1981)
  • Benson (1979–1986) (CPTD picked up distribution rights in 1984)

Bud Yorkin & Norman Lear

includes Tandem Productions and ELP Communications


TOY Productions

ELP Communications

Formerly T.A.T. Communications (1975–1982) and Embassy Communications (1982–1988).

Merv Griffin Entertainment

Four D Productions

Stephen J. Cannell Productions

  • Hardcastle & McCormick (1983–1986) (U.S. distribution only)[15]
  • Riptide (1984–1986) (U.S. distribution only)[15]
  • Hunter (1984–1991) (U.S. TV distribution only)[15]

Guber-Peters Entertainment Company

(Note: Formerly known as Barris Industries, Inc.)

Barris Industries

(Note: Formerly known as Chuck Barris Productions, owned by Guber-Peters since 1988).

New World Television

Barry & Enright Productions

Stewart Tele Enterprises

(Note: Formerly Bob Stewart Productions)

  • Eye Guess: (1966–1969) (co-produced by Filmways)
  • The Face Is Familiar: (1966) (co-produced by Filmways)
  • Personality: (1967–1969) (co-produced by Filmways)
  • Celebrity Doubletalk: (1967 unsold pilot) (co-produced by Filmways)
  • You're Putting Me On: (1969) (co-produced by Filmways)
  • Second Guessers: (1970 unsold pilot)
  • Three on a Match: (1971–1974)
  • Says Who?: (1971 unsold pilot)
  • Monday Night Quarterback: (1971 unsold pilot)
  • The $10,000 Sweep: (1972 unsold pilot)
  • Pyramid (From The $10,000 Pyramid to The $100,000 Pyramid excepting The $50,000 Pyramid, Cullen's The $25,000 Pyramid, and Davidson's The $100,000 Pyramid): (1973–1980, 1982–1988, 1985–1988 and 1991) (with distributed by Viacom 1974-1981 CPM Chicago, New York 1981 Basada, Inc. distributed by 20th Century Fox Television 1985-1988 Carolco Television Productions and distributed by Orbis Communications and Mutlimedia 1991)[16]
  • Jackpot!: (1974–1975, co-produced by Global Television and USA Network 1985-1988, and co-produced by Sande Stewart and Reeves Entertainment Group 1989-1990)
  • Winning Streak: (1974–1975)
  • Blankety Blanks: (1975)
  • Caught in the Act: (1975 unsold pilot)
  • The Finish Line: (1975 unsold pilot)
  • Get Rich Quick: (1977 unsold pilot)
  • Shoot for the Stars: (1977) (a.k.a. Shoot the Works)
  • Pass the Buck: (1978–1979)
  • The Riddlers: (1978 unsold pilot)
  • Caught in the Act: (1979 unsold pilot)
  • Punch Lines: (1979 unsold pilot)
  • Chain Reaction: (1980) The New Chain Reaction (co-produced by Champlain Productions and USA Network 1986, co-produced by Sande Stewart with Champlain Productions and USA Network 1987-1991)
  • Strictly Confidential: (1980 unsold pilot)
  • Twisters: (1982 unsold pilot) (co-produced by Sande Stewart)
  • Famous Last Words: (1983 unsold pilot)
  • Go: (1983–1984) (co-produced by Sande Stewart)
  • $50,000 a Minute: (1985 unsold pilot)
  • Double Talk: (1986) (A revival of Shoot for the Stars)
  • Money in the Blank: (1987 unsold pilot)
  • Eye Q: (1988 unsold pilot)
  • The Finish Line: (1990 unsold pilot)

Castle Rock Entertainment

Program Partners[18]

  • Da Vinci's Inquest/Da Vinci's City Hall (1998-2005 [As "Inquest"]/2005-2006 [As "City Hall"] in Canada; Produced by CBC and Alliance Atlantis. Syndicated in the United States since September 2005. Note that "City Hall" is airing in the US under the "Inquest" title)
  • Cold Squad (1998-2006 in Canada; US Syndication 2006-)
  • Stone Undercover (2002–2003 in Canada [Under the original title Tom Stone] and produced by the CBC; US Syndication 2006-)
  • Degrassi (2000–present, produced in Canada by Epitome Pictures; US Syndication 2007 -)
  • ReGenesis (2004–present in Canada; US Syndication 2007-)
  • Intelligence (2006–present in Canada, produced by the CBC; US syndication September 2007–present)
  • The Listener (Produced by Shaftesbury Films for CTV; 2009–present)
  • Family Court With Judge Penny (co-produced with 44 Blue Productions; September 2008-2009)
  • Marie (Was planned for Fall 2009, but was canceled before it went into production)



Television channels

Sony Pictures Television is part owner of GSN and video on demand service Fearnet. They have launched two new channels: Sony Movie Channel on October 1, 2010 and a linear version of FEARnet known as FEARnet HD on October 31, 2010.[20] Sony has also launched a 4th network called 3net, a 3-D television network jointly owned along with Discovery Communications and IMAX.[21][22]

American shows whose US rights are owned by other companies

The following shows are all distributed by SPT outside of the US

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Executive Team". Sony Pictures Television. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  2. ^ Sony Pictures Entertainment Renames Television Operations; Domestic and International Divisions Take Sony Name,
  3. ^ Sony Pictures Entertainment Completes Acquisition of 2waytraffic,
  4. ^ Sony combines TV units,
  5. ^ Goetzl, David (June 30, 2011). "Sony Gains Control of GSN Even With Minority Stake". TVBlog (MediaPost). Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Web Site to Offer Health Advice, Some of It From Marketers". ""New York Times"". 2010-10-6. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Dr. Mehmet Oz and Internet Entrepreneur, Jeff Arnold, Announce Sharecare Inc.,a Web 3.0 Platform, Organizing and Answering the Questions of Health". Bloomberg. November 2, 2009. Retrieved 2011-4-2. 
  8. ^ a b Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are produced by Sony Pictures Television with CBS Television Distribution as the distributor for first-run syndication. However, SPT owns off-net syndication rights to both series for GSN reruns because they own both of the series and half own GSN with DirecTV including the game show library by Merv Griffin Enterprises after CPT acquired MGE on May 6, 1986. SPT doesn't serve as a co-distributor for both game shows for first-run syndication.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 19, 2010). "It's Official: Fox Picks Up Christian Slater Comedy 'Breaking In' For Midseason". Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Entertainment One To Produce TV Series Based on John Grisham's Movie THE FIRM" (Press release). ChannelCanada. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  11. ^ a b Jeannie and The Partridge Family 2200 A.D. were co-produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions with Screen Gems and Columbia Pictures Television. However, SPT owns the series due to the incarnations of I Dream of Jeannie and The Partridge Family. While Hanna-Barbera shows were distributed by Screen Gems from 1957 to 1967, they are now owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution.
  12. ^ Punky Brewster was produced by NBC Productions from 1984 to 1986. When NBC canceled it, Columbia Pictures Television bought the syndication rights and the rights to produce another two seasons of episodes, as it was against FCC regulations for networks to be involved in syndicated programming at the time. SPT holds US television distribution rights, while NBC Universal International Television Distribution holds non-US television distribution rights and licenses DVD release rights to Shout! Factory. See also: fin-syn.
  13. ^ The final season of Diff'rent Strokes featured a Tandem Productions copyright but a closing logo for Embassy Television on its original ABC broadcasts.
  14. ^ Merv Griffin's Crosswords was distributed by Program Partners. NBC Universal Television Distribution and Sony Pictures Television handled ad-sales for the series.
  15. ^ a b c Sony only holds U.S. rights to Hardcastle and McCormick and Riptide; international rights (including Canada) are still held by Stephen J. Cannell Productions. Hunter is owned by Cannell worldwide, with only U.S. TV distribution rights held by Sony. Hunter was distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures until TeleVentures later picked up the distribution rights around the early 1990s. SPT currently owns US television distribution rights by owning TeleVentures, MGM International Television Distribution to handle international rights through NBC Universal International Television Distribution, and Anchor Bay Entertainment handling DVD releases; recently, DVD rights of the show have passed to Mill Creek Entertainment.
  16. ^ SPT owns all existing episodes of incarnations of Pyramid hosted by Dick Clark with the following exceptions:
  17. ^ Warner Bros. Entertainment, who owns Castle Rock Entertainment, holds copyright ownership of Thea and Seinfeld. SPT currently owns distribution rights to these shows and certain Castle Rock properties.
  18. ^ SPT joined forces with Program Partners by handling ad-sales and distribution rights of programs in the US. The company is not owned by Sony.
  19. ^ On December 2006, 2waytraffic acquired Celador's television properties, including the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire franchise. On January 2007, Celador International was merged with and reincorporated as 2waytraffic International. The closing logo of 2waytraffic was added in September 2007, and SPE acquired 2waytraffic in 2008. It has been used only on the syndicated version.
  20. ^ Sony Television plans to launch two new U.S. channels Los Angeles Times July 5, 2010
  21. ^ Sony Puts Its Weight Behind 3-D TV New York Times January 5, 2011
  22. ^ "Introducing 3net - The 3D Joint Venture of Sony, Discovery Communications and IMAX Officially Announces Network Brand". 2011-01-05. 

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