Gary Davey

‘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 […]

Sarah Wright upped at Sky

Sarah Wright has been promoted at Sky and is now director of acquisitions at the European pay TV company. Wright has been at Sky since 2009 after joining from UKTV, and is being upped from her previous controller of acquisitions role. She was previously promoted in 2012. She moves up as Gary Davey continues to put […]

Sky to release VR content on Facebook

Sky has started producing 360-degree videos and will use Facebook as a distribution platform for this content, according to Sky’s MD of content, Gary Davey. Speaking at a Royal Television Society event in London last night, Davey said that Sky has started producing some “really interesting” virtual reality content and filmed something “just the other day” […]

Sky extends HBO deal across Europe

Sky’s role as the exclusive home of HBO programming will be extended beyond the UK and across all of the 21st Century Fox-backed pay TV firm’s European territories. A new deal sees Sky take first-run rights to HBO shows in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, and includes extensive on-demand rights. Upcoming big-ticket HBO […]

Sky buys NBC’s Aquarius for Europe

Sky has bought NBC drama series Aquarius for its European services. The pan-Sky deal means the cop series, set in the 1960s and revolving around the Charles Manson killings, will be on Sky in the UK and Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The 13x60mins series is produced and distributed by ITV Studios, which struck the […]

Sky takes UK and German rights to Italy’s 1992

Sky has acquired 1992, the upcoming political drama produced for Sky Italia, for its UK and Germany pay TV platforms. The deal means that all of the European Sky operations will show the gritty thriller series, which is about to have its world premiere at the Berlinale festival. All of the European Sky services – […]

Sky appoints content boss

Sky has appointed Sky Deutschland executive Gary Davey its UK content boss, filling the role vacated by Sophie Turner Laing. Davey becomes managing director, content, and will assume responsibility for the Sky’s entertainment, movies and news channels in the UK and Ireland. He will take on that role alongside his existing responsibilities as executive VP, […]

Sky Deutschland re-ups Warner deal

German pay TV provider Sky Deutschland has agreed a multi-year extension to its programming agreement with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. The long-term contract includes on-demand rights for new movies during their pay TV window as well as exclusive pay TV rights to all Warner movies across several platforms. This means films such as Horrible […]

European Sky platforms in first coproduction

BSkyB-owned UK channel Sky 1, Germany’s Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia are collaborating to develop a series for the first time. The 21st Century Fox-backed pay TV trio is working to adapt Italian comic Diabolik from sisters Angela and Luciana Giussani as a 10x60mins TV drama. The broadcasters are currently seeking a showrunner. Diabolik comics […]