Sony Closes ‘The Afterparty’ and ‘Lucky Hank’ TriStar Television Studio Jennifer Turner Exits

Sony Pictures Television is shutting down TriStar Television, the studio behind Apple TV+’s “The Afterparty” and AMC’s “Lucky Hank.”

As Sony closes the division and spins the studio into the larger TV organization, executive vice president Jennifer Turner and senior vice president of development Nicole Norwood are leaving the company. No further staff cuts are expected as a result of TriStar TV’s closure, and Sony’s TV drama division will take over oversight of TriStar’s current TV projects.

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Sources say variety that the move to close TriStar TV is part of a general shift in strategy by Sony Pictures Entertainment regarding its boutique labels. The decision also comes at a time of great upheaval and general consolidation in the entertainment industry, with Sony and private equity firm Apollo Global Management in ongoing talks with Paramount Global about a potential acquisition of the company.

Turner was promoted to head of TriStar Television in January 2022, upon the exit of Kathryn Busby, who left the Sony-owned studio for Starz.

Sony representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news that TriStar TV was shutting down.

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