Sony Pictures has bolstered its UK Television Networks operations with a double top executive hiring.
Steve Hornsey has been named vice president of SPTN’s UK entertainment portfolio, while Sarah Muller has moved into the role of vice president of SPTN’s growing UK children’s and youth portfolio.
Hornsey will oversee the entertainment channel portfolio which consists of seven channels including the number two and number three film channels in the UK, Sony Movie Channel and Movies4Men.
Meanwhile, Muller will take responsibility for leading the programming and development of SPTN’s linear and AVOD kids’ brands including Pop, the UK’s number one commercial kids’ channel, Tiny Pop, Pop Max and the recently launched AVOD service Pop Fun, alongside SPTN’s music channel portfolio.
Hornsey is currently director, general entertainment UK & Northern Europe at Turner, where she has been responsible for programming Turner’s pay, free to air and SVoD entertainment services including TNT, TruTV and TCM.
Currently the head of children’s at Channel 5, Muller has been responsible for the children’s brand Milkshake. She has a long track record in children’s programming with previous roles including a ten year tenure at the BBC moving from CBBC head of acquisitions to creative director, where she developed the likes of Danger Mouse, Strange Hill High, Harriet’s Army, Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground and Just William.
Muller joins SPTN in March this year. Both will report directly to Kate Marsh, SPTN’s EVP, Western Europe, international networks and will become part of Marsh’s regional senior management team.
“We are thrilled that Sarah and Steve are joining SPTN,” said Marsh. “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 UK and the region.”