Sony Current TV Programming Chief Exits As Layoffs Begin

Expected staff cuts begin in TV division. Jeanie Bradley, who oversaw production on current series, is leaving

Last Updated: February 17, 2010 @ 2:49 PM

The wave of layoffs announced by Sony recently have hit the TV division, with longtime current programming chief Jeanie Bradley exiting as a result of the cost-cutting.

Bradley, executive vice president in charge of current, is the most well-known of several TV division staffers expected to be out of work once the layoffs are complete. Staffers in TV began getting the bad news today; more will be notified later in the week.  Overall, most of the Sony layoffs — about 7 percent of the studio’s overall star — are expected to be in home video and IT, but TV and flim will be impacted as well.

The exit of Bradley comes as Sony has markedly increased its production slate following a temporary retreat from TV production several years ago. It now produces numerous shows for both broadcast and cable, in addition to its syndication and soap staples.

During her tenure, Bradley oversaw production on hit series such as "The Nanny" and "King of Queens." She began working for Embassy Television (which would later morph into Columbia TriStar TV and then Sony) back in 1985, having previously started out working for Norman Lear’s Tandem.

A number of studios and networks have been eliminating current programming divisions, which focus on series already on the air. Instead, development executives are being asked to do double duty.

Earlier this year, longtime international chief Michael Grindon exited Sony. His departure was not related to the cost-cutting now hitting the studio.