Gary Davey


TBI Weekly: Six signs that Sky Studios is key for Comcast

Take one look at Comcast’s second quarter results revealed yesterday and it becomes abundantly clear why the NBCUniversal owner was so keen to acquire UK pay TV operator Sky. But a shifting content strategy for the Jeremy Darroch-led company has also emerged in the post-Murdoch age, which could spell opportunity for European producers. 1. A […]

Sky to double down on originals under in-house Studios banner

Sky is to double down on investment in originals under new production banner Sky Studios.  The Comcast-backed, Europe-wide development and production outfit plans to double its investment in programming over the next five years. Sky Studios will create new productions for Sky channels, NBC broadcast and cable channels and Universal Pictures, as well as for […]

Cinemax copro among new Sky originals

UK pay TV service Sky is working up a London-set gangster thriller as a coproduction with US premium network Cinemax. Gangs of London (WT) is one of a number of new shows Sky unveiled at an event in the UK last night, with the others including the Lenny James-penned Save Me and Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted Patrick […]

Sky rubbishes BBC’s ‘bizarre’ SVOD concerns

Sky’s content chief, Gary Davey, has slammed the BBC’s “bizarre” concerns over the arrival of SVOD players Netflix and Amazon in the UK market. Sky Content managing director Davey (pictured) claimed “the golden age of television is just getting started”, and considered the entrance of on-demand players an example of giving “customers more choice” and […]

Chernobyl drama first from HBO, Sky pact

A drama based on the Chernobyl catastrophe is the first high-end series to come out of the US$250 million production pact between HBO and Sky. Chernobyl will be a fictional version of the events that surrounded the accident in a Ukrainian nuclear power plant in April 1986, which caused 31 deaths and likely many more […]

Sky renews European NBCU deal

European paycaster Sky has renewed its wide-ranging TV and film content deal with NBCUniversal. The multi-year deal covers Sky Cinema and the NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) channel portfolio, and includes “comprehensive” electronic sell-through and TVOD elements for the Sky Store. Sky’s UK and Ireland customers will continue to have access to pay TV channels Universal […]

Bennett to lead Sky UK and Ireland after rejig

Sky Atlantic director Zai Bennett will lead the wider Sky Entertainment business in the UK and Ireland after a management realignment. Bennett takes up the new position of director of programmes at Sky Entertainment, which is similar to the role Stuart Murphy held before exiting last year. The appointment is effective immediately. This means Bennett […]

Sky buys James Corden’s US talkshow

Sky has snagged UK rights to The Late Late Show with James Corden. The late night talk show goes out on CBS in the US. CBS Studios International distributes the series and struck the Sky deal, having already shopped it to buyers in Europa, Asia and Australasia. In the UK and Ireland, Sky will have […]

‘Landmark’ pan-Euro Sony deal for Sky

Sky has struck its first-ever pan-European movie output agreement. A deal with Sony Pictures Television gives the UK-based satcaster multi-year access to new Sony feature films such as Ghostbusters (pictured), Angry Birds and Money Monster, including for the first time ultra HD movies. Previously, Sky and Sony had territory-by-territory agreements, but with Sky recently promoting […]

Sky Deutschland appoints content supremo

Sky’s German unit has upped Elke Walthelm to executive VP, content, filling a role vacated by Gary Davey when he took the wider role as content chief across Sky’s European footprint. Walthelm will oversee programming at Sky Deutschland, reporting directly to the pay TV operation’s CEO, Carsten Schmidt. The role covers original programming, acquisitions, on-demand […]

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