Will also serve as president of International for Sony Pictures Entertainment
Former Lifetime CEO Andrea Wong, who developed such shows as "The Bachelor" and "Dancing With the Stars" while at ABC, has been named president of international production for Sony Pictures Television and as president of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
In her SPT position, Wong will oversee the creative teams outside the U.S. as well as fifteen owned and joint venture international production companies around the world. She will report to SPT president Steve Mosko. As international president for SPE, she will report to CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal and act as the company’s commercial and governmental representative for production abroad.
She replaces Kees Abrahams, former president of international production for SPT, who will be leaving. He co-founded the production company 2waytraffic, which became a Sony subsidiary in 2008.
“Andrea is a truly unique talent who brings tremendous experience to the company,” said Lynton. “She will be an important ambassador for Sony Pictures in the international marketplace.”
“Andrea’s business acumen and her role in developing successful unscripted programming like
'Dancing with the Stars,' and 'The Bachelor,' make her a perfect fit for SPT,” added Mosko. “I’ve watched Andrea succeed in a variety of roles over the years, and it’s great to have her on our team, leading a key part of our international television business.”
"I am excited to begin working with Michael, Amy and Steve and everyone at Sony Pictures Entertainment to expand and grow the company's business around the world," said Wong. "There has never been a better time to be globally focused and I look forward to collaborating with Sony's strong creative team to build and produce great programming worldwide."
As president and CEO of Lifetime Networks, Wong oversaw Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, and Lifetime Digital, including programming, marketing, advertising sales, affiliate sales, public affairs, business and legal affairs, strategic planning, operations and research. "Army Wives" become Lifetime's top-rated original series ever, and led Lifetime's acquisition of "Project Runway." The two shows remain the highest-rated series on Lifetime.
As executive vice president of alternative programming, specials and late night at ABC, she developed the Emmy-winning "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in addition to "The Bachelor" and the U.S version of "Dancing With the Stars."
She also serves on the board of Liberty Media Corporation and the Visiting Committee of the MIT Media Lab, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Mosko said of Kees, “His entrepreneurial spirit has been instrumental to the growth of our television production business internationally and we thank him for all of his efforts.”
"Having spent three-and-a-half fantastic years inside SPT since 2waytraffic was sold to Sony Pictures, I am proudly leaving a healthy and vibrant international production business with a group of great companies and very talented people," said Abrahams. "I think it is now time for me to pursue some new commercial opportunities, and I wish Sony well."
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