Sony Shuts Down ‘The Afterparty’ and ‘Lucky Hank’ Studio TriStar Television, Jennifer Turner Exits

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

As Sony shutters the division and folds the studio into the larger TV org, executive vice president Jennifer Turner and senior vice president of development Nicole Norwood are exiting the company. Other staff cuts are not expected as a result of TriStar TV closing and the Sony TV drama department will take oversight of current TriStar’s current TV projects.

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Sources tell Variety that the move to shut down TriStar TV is part of an overall strategy shift at Sony Pictures Entertainment regarding its boutique labels. The decision also comes at a time of great upheaval and overall consolidation within the entertainment industry, and as Sony and private-equity firm Apollo Global Management are 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 reps did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news that TriStar TV is shuttering.

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