Ahuja was previously President of Business Operations and CFO at Walt Disney Television and CFO of Fox Networks Group.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has named Ravi Ahuja as chairman of Global Television Studios and its corporate development operations, where he will lead Sony Pictures TV’s domestic and international productions, the studio’s game show franchises and its India business.
Reporting to SPE Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra, he will also oversee Sony Pictures Entertainment’s corporate development and M&A activities.
Keith Le Goy, SPE’s President of Worldwide Distribution and Networks, will continue in his current role and will oversee SPE’s distribution and networks operations and Funimation and will continue to report to Vinciquerra. Jeff Frost remains President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, now reporting to Ahuja.
Hopkins, who was previously Chairman of Sony Pictures Television, stepped down in February to oversee Amazon’s video entertainment businesses.
Speaking about the appointment, Tony Vinciquerra, said: “Ravi is an extraordinarily talented and proven executive with broad experience in nearly every aspect of our business. Having worked directly with Ravi, I have seen first-hand his strategic, results-driven approach which has made him such a strong leader, and which I know will lead to further growth and success for SPE. His decision to come to SPE is a testament to the studio’s strength and ability to attract great talent.”
Ahuja, who begins at Sony on March 15, was most recently President of Business Operations and CFO of Walt Disney Television. He departed Disney last November after a year and a half at the helm.
Ahuja, added: “It was an easy call to join the amazing Sony Pictures management team and to work again with Tony. With more ways to get more TV, great content has never been more valuable. Sony Pictures Television is a tremendous studio, making some of the most acclaimed and watched shows in the world, like The Good Doctor, Cobra Kai, The Boys and The Crown – just to name a few. And Sony Pictures is very well-positioned for the future, aligned with outstanding creators and focused on the success of its network and streaming partners. I look forward to contributing to the company’s continued growth in this exciting time for our industry.”