Sony Entertainment Television’s programming head and seven others have quit following a review of operations by it’s US-based parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment. Among others to leave are from the programming and editing team including Rupa Das who was in the creative department. According to industry sources more heads are expected to roll even as the company is trying to take stock of its slide in popularity.
Columbia TriStar’s president Michael Grindon was in Mumbai few days back to review Sony TV’s performance. According to the sources the parent company is also concerned about the setback from the movie international distribution business, for which it had ambitious plans.
Sony TV Chief executive officer Kunal Dasgupta said that the company would take certain restructuring measures to get back to its prime spot.
Rekha Nigam could possibly be leaving before her pet project, Shubh Vivaah, sees the light of the day on Sony TV. The fate of Madhuri Dixit-hosted marriage show is uncertain with Vinod Khanna’s company Taal claiming to have come up with the concept before Sony assigned a task to production company UTV.
Sony is positioning the marriage show as its big driver programme which is expected to revive the channel. A few other launches including a programme made by Balaji Films will take place soon.