Contributor Profile

Andy Kaplan

Job TitleMedia Industry Advisor & Non-Executive Chairman

Company NameQYOU India

About

Andy Kaplan is the former President of Sony Pictures Television Networks. Based at Sony Pictures headquarters in Culver City, California, Kaplan lead Sony’s global television networks and related investments, with over 180 channel feeds reaching nearly two billion subscribers.

Under Kaplan’s leadership, through both organic growth as well as through multiple M&A transactions, the Sony Pictures Television Networks portfolio rapidly grew from just a handful of international channels to include some of the most popular digital and linear media brands around the world, including Crackle, the multi-platform streaming service with popular TV shows, original series and feature films available on every screen in 21 countries; GSN, which offers original and classic game show programming and digital games to American audiences; AXN, offering international audiences the best in U.S. entertainment with an edge; ANIMAX, the premiere brand in Japanese anime; and Sony Channel, representing the best quality U.S. entertainment for worldwide audiences.

Kaplan lead the success of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), which for over 20 years has operated several of the most popular channels in the highly lucrative and rapidly growing Indian television market. In recent years, Sony’s Indian networks have expanded from the top-rated flagship Sony Entertainment Television brand through acquisitions, partnerships, and new channel launches. Recent additions to SPNI’s portfolio include the joint-venture Sony ESPN and Sony BBC Earth channels, as well as the recent $385M acquisition of TEN Sports, India’s most popular sports networks.

Among Kaplan’s priorities were the expansion of Sony Pictures Television Networks into new markets and new businesses. In addition to the TEN Sports acquisition in India, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ recent acquisitions and investments included the acquisition of anime company Funimation that boasts a catalog of 10,000 hours of content with rights to over 450 brands along with the FunimationNow streaming platform for North American English-language audiences; a new joint venture between Sony’s Animax and Mitsui’s Kids Station that brings together the two most watched dedicated Anime cable channels in Japan; a majority stake in Turkish channels group Planet TV; the acquisition of digital cross-network ad sales company IMS/Httpool that operates in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia; TruTV in the UK; and an investment in Dori Media’s channels in Israel and Indonesia.

Sony Pictures Television Networks also prioritized the development of original programming under Kaplan, launching global original productions like the thriller series Absentia and detective procedural Carter for Sony’s AXN channels; locally-produced versions of Shark Tank in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, Top Chef in Mexico, The Amazing Race Asia, and Asia’s Got Talent; and Crackle Originals including Snatch, StartUp, and the highly anticipated series The Oath, executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s G-Unit.

Prior to his most recent position, Kaplan spent over a decade serving as EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Pictures Television Group, overseeing the business operations of Sony’s global television businesses. His previous experience includes senior positions at Hollywood Stock Exchange, Hal Roach Studios and Embassy Pictures, as well as consulting roles 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 both the International Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Kaplan was a member of the Board of Directors of Nasdaq listed, Liberty Interactive.

Conference Sessions

  • Content Distribution: The Next Five Years

    04 Dec 2018, 16:55 - 17:15, Level 4, Roselle Ballroom

    This session proceeds the previous keynote, and looks at the evolving changes brought on by AVOD, SVOD, OTT, mobile MVPDs etc, and how this will all work over t...

    • Language: English

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