Appointment will boost music TV programming.

Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has tapped television veteran Glenn Pallister as GM of its TV and film production division. The appointment, revealed today (July 25), takes effect Aug. 21. He will report to Denis Handlin, CEO/chairman of the company’s Australian and New Zealand operations.

Pallister was an executive for 22 years at Nine Network, including its head of entertainment. Recently he was director of programs and content creation for the Australian operations of TWI, broadcast division of the leading international talent and rights management company IMG.

The TV and film production division, first revealed in February, will have its own trading name. It will work in partnership with production company Crackerjack, which produces the Sony BMG/Universal Music Australia music TV series “So Fresh”.

“(It) will be an integral part of our business, and extend our position as the leading entertainment company in the industry,” Handlin says of the new division.

Handlin describes Pallister as “one of the most creative and successful producers in Australia, a leader in his field and (with) a real passion for music.”

The division will work on programs featuring Sony BMG artists, TV series and specials, and will also produce formats from the company’s TV and film divisions in other territories.

One project, tentatively titled Girl Band, is a 13-part series of an act getting its start. It is expected to be on air on a free to air Australian network by September. Viewers will be invited to select the act’s name and first single. Another is a Saturday-night variety show.

In related news, Sony BMG today also announced Mark Flynn’s return to the company July 31 as director of business enterprises.

Flynn was director of national promotions and publicity from April 1999, first at Sony Music and then Sony BMG. Last September, he resigned for family reasons.

In his new role, he reports to Emmanuel Candi, GM of business strategy & human resources and will secure sponsorships, endorsements, merchandising, and new venture income for projects with Sony BMG artists, brands and TV productions.