Hulu is in better shape than one of its other rivals, Amazon, which has undergone tumultuous leadership changes in the past week. First, Roy Price, the chief of Amazon Studios, resigned last week after being accused of sexual harassment. Joe Lewis, Mr. Price’s main lieutenant, left this week. And Tuesday, Amazon confirmed that Conrad Riggs, the leader of its unscripted programming, was also departing.
At Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tony Vinciquerra, the chief executive, has focused primarily on the studio’s television division since joining the company in May. A month he came aboard, Sony’s top two television programming executives, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, left for Apple, which is finally taking the plunge into expensive, original programming. After their departure, Mr. Vinciquerra promoted three executives.
Television production — all but abandoned by Sony 16 years ago — has emerged as a financial engine for the company because of the increasing appeal of streaming services. With shows like “The Crown,” “Better Call Saul” and “The Goldbergs” in its stable, Sony Pictures Television contributed more than 90 percent of the entertainment company’s total income last year. Sony also operates an array of fast-growing overseas cable networks.
Sony Pictures Television will make more than 30 series for the 2017-18 season, including chestnuts like “Jeopardy” and “The Young and the Restless.” New series include “The Good Doctor,” which has been a hit for ABC.
Sony’s movie unit, long an industry laggard, has recently shown signs of a turnaround. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” took in $ 880 million worldwide over the summer. Sony was even able to turn the disastrously reviewed “The Emoji Movie” into a hit, with global ticket sales of $ 208 million. There have also been flops — including “The Dark Tower” and “Rough Night” — but box office analysts say Sony has a potential holiday juggernaut in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which is set to be released on Dec. 20.