MIAMI, FLORIDA - 29 October 2009 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that Russell Kline has been promoted to senior vice president, channel operations, Latin America. The announcement was made by Klaudia Bermudez-Key, senior vice president and general manager, SPE Networks Latin America. Reporting to Bermudez-Key, Kline will continue to be based at SPT's Latin American headquarters in Miami.
"Russell's financial expertise and guidance were important factors in making SPT's networks advertising sales business in Latin America successful and profitable for our company," said Bermudez-Key. "His experience in the administration and financial management of the channels, plus serving on the HBO Latin America board on our behalf, makes him a valuable business partner as we try to achieve our overall strategy for our growing networks portfolio."
In his new position, Kline works directly with Bermudez-Key in the management of SPT's networks throughout Latin America. Kline oversees affiliate revenues and manages business development as SPT looks to grow the company's existing channels throughout the region.
Most recently, Kline was vice president, finance and operations, Latin America overseeing financial management and reporting for SPT’s distribution, local language production and international networks businesses in the region.
Prior to his promotion, Kline was SPT's executive director, finance, since 2003. Before moving to Miami in 2003, he was based in Culver City where he was SPT's director, finance, since 2001. He joined SPT in 1998 as manager, financial reporting, after working in Corporate Audit at Sony Corporation of America in Los Angeles from 1996 to 1998. He previously served as in charge auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1993 to 1996.
Kline graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a BBA in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
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