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Sony Pictures Television’s Andy Kaplan Elected NATPE Chairman

Executive formerly served as vice chairman of the board, succeeding Jordan Levin in new role

Andy Kaplan, Sony Pictures Television’s president of worldwide networks, has been elected chairman of the board of NATPE, the organization announced Tuesday.

Kaplan’s tenure begins immediately as he succeeds succeeds Jordan Levin, who served as NATPE’s chairman for four years.

“Andy is one of the most respected television executives in the business and we are delighted that he will serve as our new chairman,” said NATPE Content First president and CEO Rod Perth in a statement. “Andy’s extensive knowledge of the domestic and international TV and burgeoning VOD and subscription VOD markets, as well as the multi-platform online entertainment network space, will provide NATPE with an enormously valuable perspective as we further expand our global reach. His vast expertise in Latin America, Asia and India further strengthens our relationships with content creators from those important regions. He is an incredible asset to our association.”

In his current role at Sony, Kaplan heads SPT’s global cable and satellite television networks and investments, as well as broadband, video-on-demand and subscription video-on-demand services.

Globally, Kaplan oversees SPT’s branded networks AXN, Sony Entertainment Television (SET), Sony Channel, ANIMAX, and ONE, as well as a portfolio of channels in India. He also oversees Crackle, the studio’s online streaming network.