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Three different cultural traditions come together in “Bazodee”: the melodrama of Bollywood, the calypso-infused Indo-Caribbean “Soca” music of Trinidad and Tobago, and the sitcom humor and aesthetics of American TV. This uneasy hybrid from director Todd Kessler, former showrunner and co-creator of small-screen kids staple “Blue’s Clues,” never finds its rhythm while detailing the tumultuous romantic dilemma that befalls a young woman smitten with real-life Soca superstar Machel Montano’s musician. Devoid of drama and light on memorable melodies, it’s apt to find scant appeal outside its niche target audience.
As one of the most popular Soca acts in the world, Montano is undeniably “Bazodee’s” biggest draw, though he proves a rather one-note presence in this, his acting debut. As admired singer Lee de Leon, Montano smiles brightly but emotes clunkily, which would be a more significant hindrance to the proceedings were it not for the »
- Nick Schager
It's a new era at Sony Pictures TV following the exit of longtime topper Steve Mosko. Under the new executive structure, five division heads — presidents of programming and production Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, president of worldwide networks Andy Kaplan, president of distribution Keith Le Goy, and president of ad sales & research Amy Carney — report directly to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment. Van Amburg and Erlicht, who have led Sony TV's original… »
Sony Pictures has restructured its TV unit now that Steve Mosko (pictured above) is gone. Top responsibilities going forward will be split among the presidents of different departments: Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht, Andy Kaplan, Keith Le Goy, and Amy Carney. Van Amburg and Erlicht lead Programming and Production, Kaplan leads Worldwide Networks, Le Goy has the top title in Distribution, and Carney runs Advertiser Sales & Research. The prolific Sony Pictures Television produces “The Blacklist,” “The Goldbergs,” “Shark Tank,” “Masters of Sex,” “Preacher,” “Better Call Saul,” “Outlander,” “Underground,” “Bloodline,” “Sneaky Pete,” and “Good Girls Revolt,” among others. “I want to thank Steve for. »
- Tony Maglio
Sony Pictures Entertainment has set the new executive structure of Sony Pictures Television. With chairman and 23-year Sony veteran Steve Mosko out, his top lieutenants will now report directly to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment. That includes Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, Presidents of Programming and Production; Andy Kaplan, President of Worldwide Networks; Keith Le Goy, President of Distribution; and Amy Carney, President of Advertiser Sales… »
Mosko had been in negotiations to extend his contract, which expires this year, but failed to come terms with the studio, according to three sources.
The 60-year-old executive had just been promoted from president to chairman just last September.
Sony officials were not immediately available for comment. The shakeup is a surprise given that the TV division is the most successful entity within Sony Pictures at present. But there were rumblings within the studio of strains between Mosko and Sony Entertainment chief Michael Lynton and that Mosko was pushing for a bigger role at the studio beyond TV.
Sony Pictures is still recovering from years of struggles on the film side and the damaging effects of the unprecedented hack of its computer network and internal databases in November 2014. The fallout from that cyber »
- Debra Birnbaum and Cynthia Littleton
5 items from 2016
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