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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • ANDREA WONG NAMED PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION, SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
  • CULVER CITY, CA and LONDON, UK (September 26, 2011) - Andrea Wong will join Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) as president of international production for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and as president of international for SPE, it was announced today by Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal, and Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko.

    In her SPT position, Wong will head the studio's international television production business, overseeing the creative teams outside the U.S. as well as the fifteen owned and joint venture international production companies around the world. In this role, Wong will report to Mosko.

    Based in London, Wong will also serve as international president for SPE, where she will report to Lynton and Pascal and act as the company's commercial and governmental representative related to production abroad.

    "Andrea is a truly unique talent who brings tremendous experience to the company," said Lynton. "She will be an important ambassador for Sony Pictures in the international marketplace."

    "Andrea's business acumen and her role in developing successful unscripted programming like Dancing with the Stars, and The Bachelor, make her a perfect fit for SPT," added Mosko. "I've watched Andrea succeed in a variety of roles over the years, and it's great to have her on our team, leading a key part of our international television business."

    "I am excited to begin working with Michael, Amy and Steve, and everyone at Sony Pictures Entertainment to expand and grow the company's business around the world," said Wong. "There has never been a better time to be globally focused and I look forward to collaborating with Sony's strong creative team to build and produce great programming worldwide."

    Kees Abrahams, former president of international production for SPT, will be leaving his post.

    "Kees is a talented businessman who, with 2waytraffic, made significant contributions to the company," said Lynton. "His entrepreneurial spirit has been instrumental to the growth of our television production business internationally and we thank him for all of his efforts," added Mosko.

    "Having spent three-and-a-half fantastic years inside SPT since 2waytraffic was sold to Sony Pictures, I am proudly leaving a healthy and vibrant international production business with a group of great companies and very talented people," said Abrahams. "I think it is now time for me to pursue some new commercial opportunities, and I wish Sony well."

    Previously, Wong served as president and CEO of Lifetime Networks, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, and Lifetime Digital, including programming, marketing, advertising sales, affiliate sales, public affairs, business and legal affairs, strategic planning, operations and research. During her time there she saw Army Wives become Lifetime's top-rated original series ever and spearheaded Lifetime's acquisition of Project Runway. These two shows remain the highest rated series on Lifetime. Prior to that, Wong was executive vice president, alternative programming, specials and late night at ABC where she developed shows such as The Bachelor, the U.S version of Dancing With the Stars and the Emmy-award winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Wong graduated MIT with a degree in electrical engineering and received an MBA from Stanford University. She serves on the board of Liberty Media Corporation and the Visiting Committee of the MIT Media Lab and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

    Sony Pictures Television produces original and formatted scripted and unscripted programs for television around the world. SPT currently has production companies outside the United States serving France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands Latin America, Brazil, Colombia, the Middle East, Asia, China and Russia.

    ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
    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 is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 120 channel feeds, which are available in 159 countries reaching more than 543 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle.

    Additionally, SPT owns Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production company Embassy Row and Sony Movie Channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, new 3D channel 3net, 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. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

    ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; worldwide television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

    Contact:
    Paula Askanas
    Sony Pictures Television
    paula_askanas@spe.sony.com
    310.244.3790