Katherine Pope to Lead Sony Pictures Television Studios


Katherine Pope, former head of original content at Charter Communications’ Spectrum Originals, has been tapped as president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, overseeing all U.S. scripted productions.

At Charter Communications, Pope successfully created and launched the Spectrum Originals platform, curating a slate of premium series such as the upcoming A Spy Among Friends, as well as Beacon 23Panhandle and George & Tammy. Pope also executive produced the Emmy -nominated Hulu limited series The Dropout. Prior to joining Charter, Pope launched the television division at Peter Chernin’s Twentieth Century Fox-based production company. Earlier in her career, Pope spent ten years at NBC/NBCUniversal Television Studios.

She will begin her new role at Sony on August 22, reporting to Ravi Ahuja, chairman of Global Television Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment Corporate Development.

Ahuja commented: “Katherine has proven herself as a dynamic leader with impeccable taste and the ability to successfully develop and produce content that resonates with audiences. She is an excellent fit for this role and I’m delighted that she has chosen to join us at SPT.”

He continued, “Katherine brings vast experience that will help us build on the overall strength of our global production capabilities at the studio. With Katherine leading our scripted production business in the U.S. and Wayne Garvie leading our international production business, we have an incredible leadership team dedicated to working with the industry’s top talent to produce undeniable content around the world.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the incredibly talented team Tony and Ravi have assembled at SPT—a studio with the strength, expertise and independence to lead amidst the challenges of a rapidly evolving marketplace,” said Pope. “I have long admired the creativity and high-quality work SPT consistently produces and can’t wait to explore all the opportunities that lie ahead. I am excited to step onto the lot and get started!”