Sony Pictures Television, Inc. (SPT) is an American and international television production/distribution subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment. In turn, the latter is part of the Japanese conglomerate Sony.
SPT was previously known as Screen Gems, Columbia Pictures Television, TriStar Television, and Columbia TriStar Television. The name was changed to reflect the Sony brand on September 16, 2002.
SPT also owns and distributes the shows from Tandem Productions, ELP Communications (from T.A.T. to ELP Communications), TeleVentures, Merv Griffin Enterprises, Four D Productions, Barris Industries, Barry & Enright Productions, Stewart Tele Enterprises, and 2waytraffic.
On November 24, 2004, Sony Pictures Television International formed a joint venture called Huaso with Hua Long Film Digital Production Co., Ltd. of the China Film Group that's based in Beijing, China.
From 2005 until 2006, SPT also distributed MGM's TV shows and movie library (due in part to the Sony-led consortium's purchase of MGM). In 2006, SPT joined forces with Program Partners to handle ad-sales and distribution rights to foreign television series in the U.S., mostly shows produced in Canada.
In Summer 2007, SPT introduced The Minisode Network; a digital channel for Myspace airing shows from the 1960s to early 2000s from four to five minutes. In Winter 2007, The Minisode Network was also added to a few more sites like AOL TV, YouTube, and its sister site Crackle site.