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Steve Mosko upped to chairman of Sony Pictures Television

Steve Mosko upped to chairman of Sony Pictures Television
Steve Mosko poses for a photo at Sony Pictures in Culver City. Mosko is leaving Sony Pictures Television after more than two decades. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Sony Pictures Entertainment has promoted longtime executive Steve Mosko to chairman of its television business, in a move that emphasizes TV's increased importance to the company.

Mosko was previously president of Sony Pictures Television, a position he's held since 2000. In the newly created chairman position, he will continue to oversee all of Sony's television operations, reporting to Sony Pictures Chief Executive Michael Lynton.

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Lynton announced the promotion at an all-staff meeting on the Sony lot that was attended by  L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was visiting the studio and gave brief remarks.

The change comes seven months after Tom Rothman was named chairman of Sony's movies division after the departure of Amy Pascal. Mosko's new title creates the appearance of greater parity between the film and TV sides.

Sony's more popular series include "The Blacklist" on NBC, "Shark Tank" on ABC and "Better Call Saul" on AMC.

Meanwhile, Sony's movies have had a rocky ride at the box office as of late. The studio currently ranks last among the six major film studios this year, according to Box Office Mojo, with flops including the Cameron Crowe comedy "Aloha" and Adam Sandler's big-budget video game film "Pixels."

However, Sandler's animated sequel "Hotel Transylvania 2" debuted successfully last weekend with $47.5 million in the U.S. and Canada. Sony also released the profitable faith-based drama "War Room."

The film side recently underwent an executive shuffle. In August, Hannah Minghella was named president of TriStar Pictures. Former TriStar executive David Beaubaire moved to tent pole label Columbia Pictures to become its executive vice president of production. Movie producer Palak Patel also joined Columbia as executive vice president of production.

The film side recently underwent an executive shuffle. In August, Hannah Minghella was named president of TriStar Pictures. Former TriStar executive David Beaubaire moved to tentpole label Columbia Pictures. Movie producer Palak Patel also joined Columbia.

Mosko has worked at Sony Pictures since 1992.

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