Former Sony Pictures TV Chairman Steve Mosko has been named the chief executive officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (VREG), the company announced Thursday.
VREG is continuing its development and production of content with a bigger focus on television and streaming to complement the development and co-financing of movies. Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Bruce Berman will remain in his position and will now report to Mosko. Greg Basser, VREG’s current CEO, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities in the media and entertainment space. He will continue as a consultant to VREG.
“Steve’s track record of success combined with his tenure in the industry and breadth of understanding of the current and future television landscape makes him the ideal executive to execute on our strategy and lead the company on a day-to-day basis,” stated Vine CEO and VREG Chairman Jim Moore. “While VREG is committed to existing partners such as Warner Bros, with Steve at the helm we are excited to accelerate the company’s diversification into content creation across platforms to meet the evolving technologies that are changing the way people consume entertainment content. We appreciate the long-standing contributions that Greg has made to VREG and look forward to his counsel as we pursue our strategy in China.”
Mosko added, “It’s a great time to be in the content creation space, and Village Roadshow is the place to be. The company not only possesses the legacy of a great library, original IP and strong distribution relationships with partners such as Warner Bros., but also has the combined backing of Vine and Falcon who understand the commitment it takes to foster an environment where creative talent can thrive. I can’t wait to get started.”
Mosko previously spent 24 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, including 16 years running global television. During his tenure, Sony produced shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” “Damages” and “Rescue Me” for cable, while “The Crown,” “Bloodline” and “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” were produced for streaming. Mosko and his team also produced shows for network TV and syndication including “Blacklist,” “The Goldbergs,” “Shark Tank” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
Basser served as VREG’s CEO since 2000. He was instrumental in the public listing in 1988, as well as the establishment of the Golden Village, Warner Village and other Village cinema circuits.