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Shifts at Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Television's Paula Askanas will head a reorganized
media-relations division, reporting to executive vice president of marketing Robert
Oswaks.

Askanas' new responsibilities will include overseeing corporate
communications for Sony's domestic television businesses, as well as publicity
for the studio's network, cable and syndicated programming and advertising
sales.

Askanas joined Columbia TriStar Television in 1994 as director of media
relations, and she was promoted to VP, then senior VP in
2000.

Robert Pietranton will continue to work with Askanas as VP of
media relations.

Pietranton will handle publicity for all of SPT's syndicated programs and work
with trade publications.

Jennifer Schmitz has also been promoted to VP of media relations,
focusing on network and cable properties.

Tamara Golihew joins the department as director of media relations, while
Christopher Albert has been promoted to the same title.

Golihew handles publicity for Judge Hatchett, Shipmates and
The Young and the Restless, while Albert handles Pyramid and
Ricki Lake.

Finally, Bridget Cooper joined the department as manager, working on cable
series such as FX's The Shield, as well as TV movies.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.