Sky Arts

Euro launches for Sky Arts

Sky is to launch its Sky Arts HD channel in Germany and Austria exclusively on its own platform on July 21. The channel will be available to all Sky customers in the two countries until January 23 next year and will be available as part of the Sky Entertainment package thereafter. Content from the channel […]

Sky Arts retells Gaiman’s Likely Stories

UK satellite channel Sky Arts has commissioned a four-part scripted series from cult writer Neil Gaiman. Likely Stories will be adapted from Gaiman’s collection of short stories by British indie Sid Gentle Films. Ian Forsyth and Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth) will direct, with Jarvis Cocker creating a score. Sky Vision, which is part […]

Rossellini confirmed for Sky Arts talent show

Actress Isabella Rossellini will host Master of Photography, a new talent show that will run on the Sky Arts channel. The Blue Velvet actress, also a successful model, will front the show alongside a three-strong judging panel (pictured) comprising noted photographers Rut Blees Luxemburg, Simon Frederick and Oliviero Toscani. In the eight-part show contestants from across Europe […]

Sky Arts, Bookhouse to profile Pogues frontman

UK satellite channel Sky Arts has commissioned Zodiak Media-owned prodco Bookhouse to create a documentary about hell-raising Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan. Shane MacGowan: a Wreck Reborn (WT) will air as a 1x60mins special over the Christmas period, featuring the singer, who is perhaps most famous for his festive duet The Fairytale of New York. Billed […]

Sky Arts is Occupied with Scandi drama

UK pay TV channel Sky Arts has acquired Norwegian political thriller series Occupied. The deal with Zodiak Rights means the Jo Nesbø-penned show will debut in the UK early next year. Its debut on commissioning channels TV2 in Norway and Arte in France comes on October 2 and in November, respectively. The show comes from […]

Ovation crowns Portrait Artist of the Year

US channel Ovation has acquired seasons one and two of Portrait Artist of the Year, an art competition show from the UK. The show, from Storyvault Films and for Sky Arts in the UK, will debut on Ovation on October 18 following a deal with distributor Zodiak Rights. Portrait Artist of the Year challenged shortlisted […]

Sky UK, Germany and Italy team for arts

Sky is setting up a new production hub in Italy that will make content for the European pay TV operator’s services in the UK, Italy and Germany and Austria, which cumulatively have 21 million subs. Sky’s new arts initiative will also see the Sky Arts 1 and 2 channels merged in the UK and the […]

Viewpoint: Changing the tune

Music programming in the era of reality TV is not what it used to be, and broadcasters must get back to championing bands, argues Julie Jakobek, managing director of UK indie producer JA Digital Music TV used to be so straightforward. Turn on the set and you would see an iconic pop video, a new […]

TMG, Sky have Sensitive Skin

Sky has picked up Kim Catrall comedy drama series Sensitive Skin for its UK pay TV Sky Arts channel. German producer and distributor Tele München Group has taken European German-language rights to the series, which is distributed by Tricon Films & Television. The Canadian series is a remake of an earlier BBC Two drama that […]

AMC-CBS venture captures Tricon’s Killer

The AMC Networks and CBS channels joint venture in the UK and EMEA is among buyers of Tricon Films & Television programming such as To Catch a Killer. One of the CBS Studios International- and AMC Networks International – Zone-owned channels, CBS Reality, has bought the 8x60mins Killer along with the 7x60mins I Didn’t Do […]