Former Warner Bros Animation president Sander Schwartz has joined Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI), the division of Sony Pictures Ent. responsible for all television, mobile and digital distribution businesses outside of the U.S. As president of international production and head of SPTI’s global production group, Schwartz will relocate from Los Angeles to the unit’s European headquarters in London, England, and will report to SPTI president Michael Grindon.
Schwartz headed Warner Bros. Animation since 2001 before switching gears at the studio less than two months ago to focus on producing toons for traditional and emerging platforms. His joining SPTI is part of an expansion of the unit’s local language production efforts, which to date have produced more than 9,000 hours of programming in 13 languages for more than 30 countries. SPTI has production offices in France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Miami (Latin America), the People’s Republic of China, Russia, Spain and the U.K..
The new position at SPTI marks Schwartz’s return to Sony, where he previously spent 12 years in a number of executive positions. He served as the first president of Sony Pictures Ent.’ family entertainment group from 1999 to 2001, and was also charged with the creation of character-based franchise properties for use across Sony’s multiple lines of business. From 1995 to 1999, he established and oversaw Sony Pictures’ children’s television programming as exec VP and general manager of children’s programming for Columbia TriStar Television (now Sony Pictures Television) in Los Angeles. Schwartz joined Sony Pictures Ent. in 1989 as senior VP of business affairs for its television division. Prior to that, he was senior VP of Japan-based animation producer TMS Ent., after holding various business affairs posts with Walt Disney Pictures and CBS Ent. in Los Angeles and New York.