Paley Dialogues

Steve Mosko, Chairman, Sony Pictures Television

Jun 2, 2016
6:15 – 8:00 PM
Los Angeles

Steve Mosko is one of the most dynamic and respected executives in entertainment. As outgoing Chairman of Sony Pictures Television, he oversaw its global television production, distribution of feature film and television content, and the studio’s international networks available in 180 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide including Crackle, their premium video streaming service, GSN and getTV. The studio is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed original programming available today including the The Blacklist, Better Call Saul, The Goldbergs, Masters of Sex, Outlander, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank and the Jerry Seinfeld web hit Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Moderated by: Michael Schneider, Executive Editor, Indiewire


Steve Mosko
Sony Pictures Television


As chairman of Sony Pictures Television (SPT), Steve Mosko oversees all television operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) worldwide.

An SPE executive for more than two decades, Mosko leads 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 oversees global distribution of feature film and television content, digital networks and advertiser sales.

Additionally, Mosko directs the studio's international networks with 150 channel feeds available in more than 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide; Crackle, SPE's premium video streaming service and GSN, cable's game show network. He oversees SPT's 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries outside the U.S. and the studio's offices in 31 countries.

Some of the programs currently in production at the studio include the original network primetime series The Blacklist, The Night Shift, and Game of Silence 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 dramas Masters of Sex for Showtime, 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 #1 and #2-rated game shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, and the #1 and #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 consisting of 500 series and 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.

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.

From 1988-1991, Mosko was vice president and station manager of Philadelphia's WPHL-TV. There, he managed the station's day-to-day operations and was involved in long-term strategic planning. Previously, from 1983-87, he was general sales manager for that city's WTAF-TV. Additionally, for four years, Mosko served at NBC affiliate WMAR-TV in Baltimore, his hometown, first as an account executive and then as local sales manager.

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 #39 among entertainment industry executives.

Mosko is on the Emeritus Board of the Southern California Junior Achievement, the board of directors for the Ad Council, the board of directors of the Game Show Network, the executive board of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, the executive committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), member of the Los Angeles Board of Governors for the Paley Center for Media and the board of directors for Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Formerly, he was the Chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and on the board of Viewpoint School. In 2000, he was chairman of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). While working in Philadelphia, he was president of the Philadelphia Ad Club, and a member of the Philadelphia Police Department's Drug Advisory Council.

A native of Baltimore, Mosko graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. In 1995 his alma mater recognized his accomplishments with their Presidential Achievement Award. In 2011 Mosko was awarded an honorary doctorate by Chapman University.

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