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All3Media head to join Sony as chief creative officer

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Wayne Garvie
Sony Pictures Television has made the high-profile appointment of Wayne Garvie, the current managing director of international production at All3Media.

Garvie joins Sony as chief creative officer for international production, responsible for driving creative activity at the company's production studio outside of Los Angeles and global network of production companies and joint ventures.

Reporting to Andrea Wong, SPT's president of international production, Garvie will focus on "turning locally developed properties into global formats and fostering co-developments across the group".

Garvie joined All3Media in September 2010 to maximise the international potential of its stable of shows, including Skins, Hollyoaks and Midsomer Murders.

In January 2011, he was appointed managing director for international at All3Media, with a particular remit to oversee the company's expansion in the US.

Prior to that, he was managing director for content and production at BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial arm, with responsibility for establishing a network of global production companies to create international versions of shows such as Top Gear and Dancing with the Stars (Strictly Come Dancing).

"Wayne's creative leadership across international businesses and his pedigree in entertainment production need little introduction," said Wong.

"I'm very excited to have him join us and drive our team to spark ideas and productions that will have international audiences riveted."

Garvie added: "Some things in life you can't say no to. Working with Andrea, the great individuals and companies within the group and the ambition and size of Sony, all combine to offer a unique opportunity to create new global brands that entertain and inspire the world. We're going to have a lot of fun."

Sony's international production network includes wholly-owned companies in Russia, Germany, France, Lebanon, Egypt, Dubai and Miami, as well as joint venture companies in the UK (Gogglebox Entertainment, Victory Television and Silver River), France (Starling), The Netherlands (Tuvalu Media), Lean-M (Russia), Italy (Toro), China (Huaso), Brazil (Floresta), Colombia (Teleset) and the US (Embassy Row).

These companies produce original content for local broadcasters and also provide formats for SPT's library of over 150,000 television episodes, including shows such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, The Dr Oz Show and Dragons' Den, along with sitcoms such as Married…with Children and Everybody Loves Raymond.

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