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Steve Mosko in Talks to Join Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8

Former Sony Pictures TV chief would focus on TV as Robinov’s counterpart, insider says

Former Sony Pictures Television head Steve Mosko is in negotiations to join Jeff Robinov’s production company Studio 8.

Set up on the Culver City, Ca. Sony Pictures lot that Mosko used to call home, Studio 8 would welcome Mosko as movie producer Robinov’s counterpart in the TV space, multiple individuals familiar with the talks told TheWrap.

The well liked and hard-charging Mosko exited SPE in June 2016, after contract discussions with then-Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton broke down. His departure made waves after nearly 25 years on the lot.

While Sony Pictures will distribute Studio 8 films like Kodi Smitt-McPhee’s “Alpha” and Matthew McConaughey’s “White Boy Rick” this year, their first-look deal is up for renewal toward the end of 2018, the insiders said. It’s unclear if the company would stick around, though Lynton has long since departed as SPE CEO and has since been replaced by Tony Vinciquerra.

It’s safe to say Mosko has had his pick of opportunities, including a possible acquisition of embattled Tribune Media that Mosko engaged Moelis & Co.and Guggenheim Partners in, TheWrap exclusively reported at the time.

Robinov formed Studio 8 after a long run at Warner Bros., where he departed in 2013 as Warner Bros. Picture Group President. His new company was a minority investor in the Sony-distributed Ange Lee film “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

News of the Mosko discussions was first reported by Variety.