Sarah Muller, the current head of children’s at Channel 5, has been named VP of the U.K. children’s and youth portfolio at Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN), effective in March.
In her new role, Muller will be charged with leading the programming and development of SPTN’s linear and AVOD kids’ brands, including POP, Tiny Pop, POP MAX and the recently launched AVOD service POP FUN, along with SPTN’s music channel portfolio.
While at Channel 5, Muller has been responsible for the children’s brand Milkshake! She previously worked at the BBC for ten years, including as CBBC’s head of acquisitions and creative director.
Meanwhile, Steve Hornsey will become the VP of SPTN’s U.K. entertainment portfolio, which comprises such networks as Sony Movie Channel and Movies4Men, in April. He currently serves as director of general enetertainment for the U.K. and Northern Europe at Turner. Earlier in his career, her was general manager at UKTV with oversight of Watch and alibi.
Hornsey and Muller will report to Kate Marsh, SPTN’s executive VP for Western Europe, international networks, and will also become part of Marsh’s regional senior management team.
Marsh remarked: “We are thrilled that Sarah and Steve are joining SPTN. Sarah has a wealth of experience in children’s and youth programming and I have no doubt she will lead our talented and passionate team to new successes. Steve’s scripted planning and brand management expertise will help us cement our position as a leading free-to-air entertainment broadcaster as we continue to grow and expand our services across the U.K. and the region.”