SPT cuts format acquisitions team

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has terminated its third-party unscripted format acquisitions team as the company refocuses its portfolio towards scripted entertainment.
February 9, 2016

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has terminated its third-party format acquisitions team as the company refocuses its portfolio on scripted entertainment, realscreen has confirmed.

The restructure will see the departure of VP of non-scripted format acquisitions Lisette Van Diepen and her team.

Van Diepen, who joined the firm in 2009 from Endemol, was charged with locating and acquiring third-party fact-ent formats to produce in-house.

The production-distribution studio will now focus on creating formats through its own prodcos, and by working with others from the early development process onwards, realscreen understands.

SPT’s global stable of unscripted and scripted prodcos, as well as its overall format sales team, will be unaffected by the changes.

“In light of changes in the global television market, we are refocusing our portfolio towards scripted content,” SPT said in a statement. “As a result, we no longer require a formats acquisition team, and will instead work with format creators and broadcasters earlier in the development process.

“We are grateful for the contribution the team has made to the business under Lisette Van Diepen’s leadership, and wish them all the best for the future.”

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