This is very sad news for the TV community — Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, the head of Sony Pictures TV’s TriStar Television, has died suddenly. She was 50. No details about the time and cause of death are available. Patmore Gibbs is believed to have passed away within the past 24 hours.
“Today we lost an amazing and wonderful member of the SPT family. This is a shock to all of us and we are heartbroken,” SPT president Jeff Frost and co-presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelte wrote in a note to the company staff announcing Patmore Gibbs’ passing.
“All of us at Sony Pictures Television were touched by Suzanne’s passion and friendship. She was a wonderful colleague and friend to all who worked with her. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”
Patmore Gibbs, a well respected veteran TV executive, most recently relaunched TriStar Television as a division of SPT. She led the unit for the past three years, gradually building it into a label focused on female-driven projects, in front and behind the camera, as exemplified by the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt. She was very passionate about providing more opportunities for female showrunners and directors, championing projects with strong female roles and encouraged new voices and diversity. Patmore Gibbs is leaving behind a slate of a slew of high-profile projects set up at cable and streaming networks. At TriStar, Patmore Gibbs also shepherded series Shut Eye and The Last Tycoon.
Before taking over TriStar TV, Patmore Gibbs served as EVP of drama development for SPT where her team developed NBC’s The Blacklist, The Night Shift and The Player on NBC, Outlander on Starz, Bloodline and The Get Down on Netflix., Houdini and Doyle on Fox and Powers on Playstation.
Before joining Sony TV, Patmore Gibbs served as EVP scripted programming for ABC Entertainment Group, shepherding such series as Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Suburgatory, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy; as SVP drama development at Touchstone Television; and as SVP of development at Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskowitz’s Bedford Falls and also acted as an adjunct professor of screenwriting at the University of Southern California film school from 1999 to 2002.
Patmore Gibbs leaves behind a husband and two children.