Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has appointed Big Talk managing director Matthew Justice to the newly created role EVP, Head of UK & Europe.
Reporting into Wayne Garvie, President of International Productions, Justice will directly manage SPT’s international studio operations and European co-productions business.
He will also work closely with SPT International Production’s wholly-owned and joint venture production companies in the region, which includes His Dark Materials producer Bad Wolf, Sex Education indie Eleven Films, The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures and sports and entertainment specialist The Whisper Group.
Justice will also oversee SPT’s senior international production creative team led by Brendan Fitzgerald, SVP of International Co-productions, Michaela Fereday, SVP of International Scripted Productions, and Lucy Robinson, SVP of Original Production and Development, who develop premium scripted drama to be produced directly by SPTIP or through international co-productions.
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Justice, who has been Managing Director of Big Talk, part of ITV Studios, since 2007, will start at SPT later this year. Big Talk’s credits include films such as Attack the Block and Sightseers, and TV shows including Cold Feet, Friday Night Dinner, The Goes Wrong Show and The Outlaws.
Garvie said: “A smart operator, a strategic thinker and, just as importantly, a very good person, Matthew brings just what we need to build our UK and Europe business into an even greater force. Everyone at Sony and our labels are really excited about him joining the team.”
Justice said: “Joining Wayne and the team at SPT is an opportunity that dreams are made of. The SPT labels are outstanding, so it is a rare honour to get to work with them and the people behind them. Helping to grow the SPT UK and European business is an extremely appetising prospect and I cannot wait to get stuck in. I leave Big Talk, my home for the past 16 years in the very best of hands and will look on with admiration and pride as they continue to excel in everything they do.”