As chairman of Sony Pictures Television (SPT), Steve Mosko oversaw all television operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) worldwide.
An SPE executive for more than two decades, Mosko led the largest independent television studio, a company that ranks as a leader in the production and distribution of programming around the world, encompassing an extraordinary span of genres, time periods and television venues. As chairman, Mosko also oversaw global distribution of feature film and television content, digital networks and advertiser sales.
Additionally, Mosko directed the studio’s international networks with more than 150 channel feeds available in 180 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide; Crackle, SPE’s premium video streaming service; GSN, cable’s game show network; and ITN Networks, Inc., a national media sales company. He oversaw SPT’s 19 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 13 countries outside the U.S. and the studio’s offices in 32 countries.
Some of the programs currently in production at the studio include the original network primetime series The Blacklist and The Night Shift for NBC; as well as The Goldbergs, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank and Beyond the Tank for ABC. The studio also produces a prolific roster of primetime cable series including Better Call Saul for AMC and Outlander for Starz. SPT also creates original series for digital distribution, including Bloodline and The Get Down for Netflix, and Mad Dogs for Amazon. From Metastasis in Latin America to a Russian version of Married…with Children, the studio is a leader in local language production around the world. Additionally, SPT produces critically acclaimed, highly-rated motion pictures for television including the blockbuster Emmy Award-winner Broken Trail for AMC and ratings record-breaker Hatfields & McCoys for History Channel, among many others.
Under Mosko’s direction, SPT programming has been awarded the industry’s top honors including the 2013 and 2014 Emmy for Best Drama Series for its phenomenal hit series Breaking Bad. The studio has also been acknowledged with Primetime and Daytime Emmys, Golden Globe Awards, WGA awards, Peabody awards, GLAAD awards, AFI awards, Prism Awards, Banff International Rockies and Ace Eddie awards, among others, during his tenure.
With Mosko at the helm, the company produces first-run syndicated programs such as syndication’s longtime No. 1 and No. 2-rated game shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, as well as the No. 1 and No. 2 network daytime serials The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives. The studio also distributes the Emmy-winning syndicated program The Dr. Oz Show, from Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.
Mosko’s division also directs the sales of all feature films produced by SPE across multiple platforms including advertiser-supported broadcast and cable networks and pay cable, as well as sales of the SPT library of more than 150,000 episodes of over 500 series and nearly 4,000 motion pictures. Further, Mosko oversees advertiser sales for SPT, one of the premier national advertiser sales entities, which handles the commercial inventory for the studio’s first-run and off-network syndicated series as well as in all of SPE’s digital businesses in the United States.
Mosko joined SPE in 1992 as vice president of the western region for Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, the syndication and cable network production and distribution organization that was a predecessor to SPT. For that entity, he held several senior management positions, including executive vice president, sales, before being named president in 2000.
In this role, Mosko built on the studio’s syndication business, overseeing first-run and off- network program sales in more than 200 markets and supervising efforts of regional offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas.
Mosko was named Executive of the Year by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors in 2014. He was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2005. Under his leadership, SPT was honored with the Special Recognition Award at the 2004 Sony Corporation Global Top Meeting in Tokyo, in recognition of the group’s outstanding fiscal achievements, including record revenues and earnings. Previously, his considerable work for the studio garnered him the distinction in 2001 of being chosen by Electronic Media magazine (now TelevisionWeek) as one of the television industry’s annual “12 to Watch” most impactful executives. In 2003, he was named to Entertainment Weekly’s 14th Annual Power List, ranking No. 39 among entertainment industry executives.