Katherine Pope Joins Sony Pictures Television As President, Sony Pictures Television Studios
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that Katherine Pope will join the studio as President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, overseeing all Domestic scripted productions. Pope, who most recently was Head of Original Content at Charter Communications, has held leadership roles at major networks, studios and production companies and has developed and overseen numerous acclaimed drama and comedy series over the course of her career. She will begin her new role at SPT on August 22, reporting to Ravi Ahuja, Chairman, Global Television Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment Corporate Development.
Katherine has proven herself as a dynamic leader with impeccable taste and the ability to successfully develop and produce content that resonates with audiences. She is an excellent fit for this role and Im delighted that she has chosen to join us at SPT, said Ahuja.
Katherine brings vast experience that will help us build on the overall strength of our global production capabilities at the studio. With Katherine leading our scripted production business in the U.S. and Wayne Garvie leading our international production business, we have an incredible leadership team dedicated to working with the industrys top talent to produce undeniable content around the world, he continued.
I am thrilled to be joining the incredibly talented team Tony and Ravi have assembled at SPT — a studio with the strength, expertise and independence to lead amidst the challenges of a rapidly evolving marketplace, said Pope. I have long admired the creativity and high-quality work SPT consistently produces and cant wait to explore all the opportunities that lie ahead. I am excited to step onto the lot and get started!
SPTs global scripted productions include a wide array of programs for every major streaming, cable and broadcast platform, and have received numerous nominations and awards for its creative and ground-breaking series, such as The Crown, Better Call Saul, The Good Doctor, The Boys, Cobra Kai, Sex Education, The Blacklist, S.W.A.T., The Goldbergs, Outlander, The Afterparty, For All Mankind, The Wheel of Time, and upcoming series including A League of Their Own, Accused and Twisted Metal, among many others.
As Head of Original Content at Charter Communications, she successfully created and launched the Spectrum Originals platform, curating a slate of premium series such as the upcoming A Spy Among Friends, starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce, as well as Beacon 23, starring Lena Headey and Stephan James, Panhandle, starring Luke Kirby, and George & Tammy, starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon. She was also responsible for greenlighting LAs Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, the limited series revival of Mad About You, reuniting Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser, Angela Black, starring Joanne Froggatt, and Joe Pickett, which became Spectrum Originals most-watched series ever.
Pope also Executive Produced, along with Elizabeth Meriwether, the Emmy® -nominated Hulu limited series The Dropout, based on the podcast of the same name and starring Amanda Seyfried.
Prior to joining Charter, Pope launched the television division at Peter Chernins Twentieth Century Fox-based production company, where she oversaw all creative development and production and executive produced such series as the acclaimed comedy, New Girl.
Earlier in her career, Pope spent 10 years at NBC/NBC Universal Television Studios where she served in a number of leadership roles including Executive Vice President of the Network and President of the Studio, where she developed hit shows Heroes, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, and The Office. She began her career in network news at CBS and ABC News, producing documentaries and specials.
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industrys leading content providers, producing, distributing and carrying programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industrys 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.
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