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  • Sony Pictures Television and Silver River Productions join forces
  • UK expansion for SPT International Production
  • LONDON, UK (March 1, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced the expansion of its international production business by taking a majority stake in Silver River Productions, an independent UK production company that develops content across a wide range of genres such as factual, features, arts, documentaries, entertainment, comedy and drama.

    Current Silver River slate of primetime programmes include The Town That Never Retired (BBC1), Antiques Uncovered (BBC2), Off By Heart Shakespeare (BBC2), Sergeant On Spike (ITV1), Hidden Talent (Channel 4), Elizabeth Taylor – The Queen of Diamonds (Channel 4) and Restoration Women (BBC4).

    Additionally, SPT's distribution arm will now represent Silver River programmes and formats internationally. At MIP TV in Cannes next month, SPT will launch Silver River programmes and formats such as Elizabeth Taylor – The Queen of Diamonds and Say No to the Knife.

    Announcing the deal, SPT's President International Production, Andrea Wong, said, "I've known and admired Daisy for several years and I'm so happy to now have the chance to work closely with her and with her team. Their proven ambition and achievements are the perfect fit for our production network, where creativity and talent are the essential drivers in everything we do. I'm thrilled to welcome Silver River to our international team."

    Daisy Goodwin, president of Silver River Productions, added, "Sony has a really alluring mix of great shows and real ambition. I know that working with Andrea and her team we will be bringing Silver River's distinctive blend of originality and entertainment to the widest possible audience, and I am looking forward to bringing their best properties to the UK market."

    Daisy Goodwin will continue to lead Silver River Productions as president from its existing London office, and now reports to Andrea Wong.

    Founded by Goodwin in 2005, Silver River Productions' previous productions include Pulling, Supersizers, Grow Your Own Drugs, Inside Gatwick, Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour, Off By Heart. Silver River has received numerous awards including an RTS Award, a Children's BAFTA, a South Bank Show award and a British Comedy Award.

    Silver River Productions is SPT's third UK production venture, joining Gogglebox Entertainment and Victory Television. SPT's international production business spans the globe, operating wholly owned and joint venture production companies in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and the US. SPT's other UK interests include a portfolio of seven television channels, an advertising sales joint venture (Dolphin TV) and distribution deals with UK broadcasters and video on demand platforms.

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    Notes to Editors

    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 produces 6,000+ hours of programming annually in over 70 countries. SPT is a leader in local language productions, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats around the world. 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.

    For further information, contact:

    Mark Macdonald,
    Executive Director, SPT Communications
    Mark_macdonald@spe.sony.com
    +44 20 7533 1363

    Kerry Parker
    Premier PR
    kerry.parker@premierpr.com
    +44 20 7292 8346