LONDON - 22 September 2009 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Stuart Baxter has been promoted to senior executive vice president, European distribution. Based at SPT's European headquarters in London, he will oversee the distribution of all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) feature film and television programs to all media outlets throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including terrestrial broadcast, satellite and cable, telcos, mobile operators and various on-demand platforms. Baxter becomes SPT's highest-ranking commercial executive in the region and reports directly to Keith Le Goy, SPT's president, international distribution, who made the announcement today.
"Under Stuart, our business has grown tremendously in the past five years," said Le Goy. "Stuart has built the best team in the television and digital businesses and we are confident that his leadership will deliver even greater success in the future."
Prior to his promotion, Baxter was SPT's executive vice president, European distribution, since 2006. He joined SPT in 2003 as senior vice president, European distribution. He came to SPT from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution in London where he served as vice president, international business development. He joined Warner Bros. International Television Distribution in 1998 as director, business development. Previously, Baxter was at EBN/CNBC, where he served for two years as commercial director of the 24-hour channel (a joint venture from Dow Jones/NBC). Prior to that, Baxter served for five years as general manager of the satellite communication services company, Maxat Limited, a subsidiary of France Telecom, where he was responsible for launching the venture.
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Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio, which includes branded networks AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, and Animax, is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 119 channel feeds, which are available in more than 130 countries reaching almost 400 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT is a part owner of cable channel GSN, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, and for Sony Music Entertainment. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.
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