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4.4.14

The Sony Pictures Television Upfront






















Sony Pictures Television hosted it's first upfront for South African press on Wednesday. The upfront was basically to inform TV critics (and audiences) of the new shows that are coming in the next few weeks and months on the two Sony channels in South Africa: Sony Entertainment TV and Sony Max. 

Held at the Urban Tree in Sandown,  Sandton, Sony Pictures' Senior Vice President of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Lyle Stewart flew from the London office for the event and presented what we can expect on the two channels in a few weeks time. 

Sony Pictures is one of the biggest international TV production companies. It boasts some of the best shows that have ever been on screen, including Jeopardy. 

Other TV shows (our favourites marked in bold) that have been produce by Sony include:  

Days of Our Lives 
The Young and the Restless
Wheel of Fortune 
Robot Chicken 
The Boondocks 
The Dr. Oz Show 
Drop Dead Diva
Shark Tank
The Sing-Off 
Justified
Unforgettable
Hannibal 
The Queen Latifah Show 
The Blacklist
The Goldbergs 
Masters of Sex 
Rake

At the upfront, Lyle told the assembled media about various others shows that will either be returning to the SET or the Sony Max channel.

NCIS and CSI will be starting from the first seasons. "The shows are big global brands and that's what we as Sony Pictures are known for- big brand TV shows," he said. "They work well together as a block and they'll be returning to the channel end April."
Another show that they were bringing on the SET channel is comedy, Girlfriends, which debuts on 15 May. "I believe that the show speaks to the viewers." 

Season 23 of the ever popular The Amazing Race returns in July and the second season of the Donald Sutherland drama, Crossing Lines, returns in September.

What got many of the media, who are mostly relatively young, excited about the return of Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks for a fourth season, after a three year break. 

Sony Max airs shows that are mostly reality, like Ladies Football League, Freakshow, Killer Karaoke, Real Husbands of Hollywood and more. 

"Sony Pictures is part of a global network, with an impressive portfolio of shows. We pick shows in our arsenal that best fit the region it will be broadcasted in.  We also work with co-producers and other companies to bring our viewers the best TV possible. Shows like Hannibal, The Firm, Crossing Lines are owned by Sony, which then means Sony controls the rights, which gives us so much flexibility, which is one of our greatest strategies of surviving in the market."

Look forward to an interview with Lyle Stewart in the SMtv magazine soon. 

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