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  • Sony Pictures Television Networks appoints head of sales for Central Europe
  • Regional presence boosted with new territory offices
  • Warsaw/Budapest (10 May, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks today announced the appointment of Hubert Drabik to the newly created role of head of sales, Central Europe. Drabik will work primarily from Poland and reports to John Rossiter, general manager, SPT Networks Central Europe, at the regional headquarters in Budapest.

    Drabik will be responsible for all sales activity for SPT's channel portfolio in the region, managing a team of country sales managers. In addition, SPT Networks has opened a dedicated office for the first time in Poland, with plans to open more territory offices soon.

    Announcing the expansion, Rossiter said, "With a strong portfolio of well known brands, growing investment in digital and increased local commissioning, now is the right time to get closer to clients and audiences with greater local presence. Hubert brings a highly sought after mix of experience in the pay tv sector and well-earned respect among industry peers. I've no doubt he will deliver an exciting new chapter in SPT's network story here."

    SPT Networks' portfolio across Central Europe includes highly successful brands such as AXN, AXN Spin, AXN Crime, AXN Sci-Fi, AXN HD and Animax. The business runs 13 localised feeds across 14 territories, including Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Moldova.

    Hubert Drabik joins SPT Networks from Viasat in Poland where he was head of regional sales for Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to that, Drabik was country manager for HBO Poland, helping launch a suite of HBO and third party channels. He takes up his new position this summer.

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    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, Communications
    Sony Pictures Television
    Mark_macdonald@spe.sony.com
    +44 20 7533 1363