Andy Kaplan, presented of Sony Pictures Television Worldwide Networks, has been elected chairman of the board of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). The announcement was made by Rod Perth, president of NATPE/Content First.
“Andy’s extensive knowledge of the domestic and international TV and burgeoning VOD and subscription VOD markets, as well as the multi-platform online entertainment network space, will provide NATPE with an enormously valuable perspective as we further expand our global reach. His vast expertise in Latin America, Asia and India further strengthens our relationships with content creators from those important regions,” said Perth in a statement.
Kaplan currently heads global cable and satellite TV networks and investments for Sony — he also handles the company’s broadband, VOD and SVOD services. Internationally, Kaplan oversees Sony’s AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, Sony Channel, ANIMAX and One as well as a portfolio of Indian channels, SPT’s equity interests in GSN and streaming service Crackle (www.crackle.com). He also looks after brand-building efforts in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa.
Kaplan has previously served on the NATPE board as vice chairman. He succeeds outgoing chairman Jordan Levin (chief content officer for NFL), who has held the position for four consecutive years.