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Man Jit Singh, Andy Kaplan to depart Sony Pictures following restructure

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MUMBAI: Two executives who were familiar faces in the Indian television ecosystem–Andy Kaplan and Man Jit Singh–are departing after decades of being with Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) and Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) in the US. A third executive Sheraton Kalouria, who was SPT president and chief marketing officer, has also been shown the door.

The exits are a part of a reorganistion of SPE's television and home entertainment businesses that CEO Tony Vinciquerra  announced through an internal memo.

Kaplan spent a good 31 years with the company and was president of worldwide networks at Sony Pictures Networks and was one of the key drivers at its India TV network's success story. Singh was president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and was helming the India operations for a good five years before handing them over to current SPN India CEO NP Singh and moving back to the US in 2014.

The reorganisation has resulted in 18-year-old Sony vet and SPT president - distribution Keith Le Goy getting additional responsibility of home entertainment. He will report to Sony’s Motion Picture Group (MPG) chairman Tom Rothman on the MPG home entertainment business while continuing to have a line to SPT chairman Mike Hopkins on TV distribution.

Hopkins has also taken on full responsibility of SPT’s network business–consisting of operations in 178 countries with 101 channels and 189 feeds–and all the heads, including NP Singh, will report directly to him.

Kalouria’s departure has also led to a decentralisation of the marketing function and each team will report to the business unit they support.

Addressing the company in the memo, Vinciquerra said: “I realise these changes are significant and will be an adjustment for many of you, but they are important in our efforts to strengthen SPE overall and make it more agile in today’s fast-moving environment.”

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