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Andy Kaplan 

CompanySony Pictures Television
TitlePresident, Worldwide Networks
Job FunctionGeneral Management
Job TitlePresident/CEO/CFO/COO
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Biography

Andy Kaplan is president of worldwide networks, for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). Based out of SPT’s headquarters in Culver City, California, Kaplan leads the Company’s global television networks and investments. He is charged with growing SPT’s networks portfolio by expanding the channel footprints and building new network brands worldwide. SPT’s networks have 150 channel feeds in 178 countries reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households throughout North America, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. Crackle, the studio’s multi-platform streaming network, is available in 21 countries. Kaplan’s global purview includes oversight of SPT’s branded networks, including AXN, Sony Channel, ANIMAX and Crackle as well as one of the largest portfolios of channels in India and the U.S. Kaplan’s largest portfolio is in India, where he has played an instrumental role in the growth and success of SPT’s high-performance networks business, Sony Pictures Networks India, which operates a portfolio of channels that includes SET, MAX, MAX 2, AATH, SAB, PIX, MIX, SIX, LIV, AXN, ANIMAX, Sony-BBC Earth and Sony-ESPN channel. In the U.S., Kaplan is responsible for SPT’s majority stake in multimedia entertainment company GSN, which offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 80 million subscriber television network and digital game platform. He also oversees Sony Movie Channel, SPT’s first wholly owned U.S. multi-platform television network; Cine Sony Television; as well as the broadcast digi-net getTV. Kaplan has made it a priority to increase the amount of original programming airing across SPT’s branded networks, including programs such as HANNIBAL and CROSSING LINES. On Canal Sony in Latin America, original shows like LOS SIMULADORES and localized versions of international formats such as MEXICO’S NEXT TOP MODEL and BRAZIL’S NEXT TOP MODEL have been huge hits. On AXN in Asia, THE AMAZING RACE ASIA, THE APPRENTICE ASIA, as well as ASIA’S GOT TALENT have scored high ratings throughout the region. In India, SET has numerous hit shows, including Hindi-language version of hit formats INDIAN IDOL, X FACTOR, DANCING WITH THE STARS, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? and the local version of the hit Latin American telenovela YO SOY BETTY LA FEA (UGLY BETTY in the U.S.). Kaplan also led the team in negotiating a landmark multi-year broadcasting deal for cricket rights for the Indian Premier League, which currently airs on MAX and Six in that country. Prior to his current position, Kaplan served as EVP, COO of the Sony Pictures Television Group, overseeing all aspects of the company’s global production operations, as well as its joint venture ownership of Telemundo. Kaplan previously worked at Hollywood Stock Exchange, Hal Roach Studios and Embassy Pictures. He also served as an entertainment and media consultant working with Sony Corporation of America, Lionsgate Entertainment, Liberty Media, Fremantle Television and Galan Entertainment, among others. Kaplan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of NATPE, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Zimmer Children’s Museum and Chairman of the Board of Governors for the USC Annenberg School’s Center for the Digital Future, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for International Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences. Kaplan earned his BA in economics at University of California, Los Angeles and his MBA at University of Southern California.

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