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Dr. Jennifer Turner Named Head of Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar Television
CULVER CITY, CA, January 25, 2022 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that Dr. Jennifer Turner has been named EVP of TriStar Television, effective immediately. Turner will report to Jason Clodfelter, co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and be based in New York while also spending considerable time in Los Angeles. In this role, Turner aims to expand the creative universe for TriStar Television, canvassing both coasts for fresh perspectives and projects that align with the label’s mission to champion diverse, authentic characters and underrepresented voices. She joins Christina Jokanovich, SVP, and Alex Villalta, Director, of TriStar Television.
“In her nearly six years at Sony Pictures Television, Jennifer has been a standout and a strong leader on our current programming team. Her expertise in working with top level creative talent combined with her whip-smart instincts and passion for unique and impactful storytelling make her an excellent choice to lead the TriStar Television label,” said Clodfelter.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work more closely with Jeff Frost and Jason, leveraging all of the resources of our television division, and the opportunity to collaborate with Nicole Brown at TriStar Pictures. I look forward to continuing to build TriStar Television’s brand by expanding our creative relationships, highlighting new voices and stories, while staying focused on delivering premium content to our partners,” said Turner.
Most recently, Turner was SVP of Scripted Programming for SPT, overseeing creative for shows including acclaimed drama series The Good Doctor, The Blacklist, The Boys, For Life and Woke. Prior to this, Turner was Vice President, Licensing and Strategic Partnerships for NBC Universal, where she established business development departments for Bravo Media and Oxygen Media and was responsible for extending the networks’ brands into revenue-generating businesses. For the preceding two years, she was Vice President, Drama Programming for NBC Universal, where she developed drama series and managed creative of critically acclaimed series Friday Night Lights and Crossing Jordan. Before that, Turner was Director, Current Programming for ABC Entertainment and had creative oversight of hit dramas Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Lost. She started her creative career in television as Director, Daytime Programming for ABC.
In addition to her television career, Turner also has a passion for health and fitness. She founded MAD COOL FITNESS, an inclusive, multicultural healthy lifestyle brand that uses holistic, behavior-based wellness initiatives to foster long-term healthy lifestyle change in everyday people. As part of this mission, Turner went back to school and received a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) specializing in Health Education and Behavioral Science from Rutgers School of Public Health. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Finance from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Japanese Language also from the University of Pennsylvania.
TriStar Television has produced acclaimed series such as the Showtime dark comedy On Becoming a God in Central Florida, starring and executive-produced by Golden Globe nominee Kirsten Dunst, as well as Good Girls Revolt, The Last Tycoon and comedy series The Afterparty, which premieres on Apple TV+ on January 28.
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing, distributing and carrying programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global content business, operating a robust portfolio of wholly-owned and joint-venture production companies across the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, as well as linear and digital channels around the world. SPT is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation.