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William Astor, who co-founded kids TV juggernaut Silvergate Media, has stepped down as the company’s chair.

“I can confirm I am no longer associated with Sony and have resigned as director and chairman,” he told Variety. Astor stepped down at the end of December.

Silvergate, which was acquired by Sony Pictures Television in 2019, quietly re-branded as Sony Pictures Television – Kids in 2022.

Astor co-founded the company alongside well-known British television producer Waheed Alli in 2011. It is best known for producing children’s animated franchises “Octonauts” and Beatrix Potter’s “Peter Rabbit” as well as shows including “Hilda” and Nickelodeon’s “Sunny Day.”

Sony paid $195 million for the company five years ago. Following the acquisition, Alli stayed on as CEO and Astor as chair.

Alli, who is the co-creator of “Survivor” and a member of the U.K.’s House of Lords, eventually stepped down in the summer of 2022 with longtime Disney Junior exec Joe D’Ambrosia appointed as EVP and general manager to oversee the business. D’Ambrosia, who is based in L.A., reports to chairman of global television studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment corporate development Ravi Ahuja.



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