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Sky Italia rolls cameras on Wildside’s dystopian thriller ‘Anna’

Sky Italia has signed on for Sicilian dystopian thriller Anna from The Miracle producer Wildside. Created and directed by Niccolò Ammaniti, the series – co-produced with Arte France and Fremantle-backed prodco Kwaï – is based on the author’s eponymous book, which follows a young girl who cares for her brother in a post-apocalyptic Sicily, where […]

Sky Italia confirms Ibarra as CEO

Sky Italia has confirmed that KPN chief executive Maximo Ibarra is to be its new CEO. Confirmation of the appointment was widely expected after Ibarra resigned his position with the Dutch telco on Monday. KPN said that he had decided to leave after just over a year in the job for pressing family reasons and […]

KPN CEO tipped for Sky Italia

Maximo Ibarra, who has been hotly tipped to replace Andrea Zappia as CEO of Sky Italia, has resigned as chief executive of KPN. According to the Dutch telco’s statement, Ibarra (left) has resigned for pressing family reasons and because he is to move back to Italy to “take up a new executive position”. Ibarra will […]

Sky explores Rome’s origins in ITVS GE-distributed ‘Romulus’

Sky Italia’s latest original drama, Romulus, will tell the origin story of Rome. Produced by Sky, ITV Studios-backed Gomorrah producer Cattleya and Groenlandia, the 10-part series will be directed Matteo Rovere and premiere on the Italian pay-TV channel. Set in eighth-century BC, Romulus details the city’s origins through elaborate settings, with two entire cities reconstructed […]

Sky Italia names programming boss

Sky Italia has appointed former Warner Bros. exec Nicola Maccanico as its chief of programming. The hire follows the departure of Andrea Scrosati, who recently left the Italian broadcaster to join Fremantlemedia as COO out of London in November. Maccanico previously served as European affairs manager for Sky Italia before joining Warner Bros., where he […]

Fremantle nabs Sky Italia exec for COO

Fremantle has appointed Sky Italia’s Andrea Scrosati to the position of group chief operating officer. Scrosati, currently executive VP of programming at Sky Italia, will succeed Sangeeta Desai, who stepped down as COO and CEO of emerging markets earlier this year. She was in the role for five years. Scrosati joins in November and will […]

Sky Italia to co-produce Clooney’s Catch 22 as C4 brings it to the UK

Sky Italia has confirmed that it will co-produce George Clooney (pictured) drama Catch-22, alongside Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Smokehouse Pictures, as the UK’s Channel 4 (C4) prepares to air the adaptation in 2019. The six-part series is adapted from the 1961 anti-war novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. Catch-22, which is being […]

Sky and A+E Networks extend European partnership

Sky has extended its long-term partnership with A+E Networks and will continue to distribute A+E’s channels across its European footprint. The deal applies to A+E Networks’ six brands in Europe – History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation, H2, A&E, and Blaze. The latter launched in the UK in September and recently went live in Italy exclusively […]

Fox names Europe, Africa channel distribution chief

Fox Networks Group has put Paolo Agostinelli in charge of channel distribution for Europe and Africa. As executive VP, affiliate distribution, he will oversee deals between FNG and platforms for the Fox, National Geographic, Fox Sports and Baby TV channels in Europe and Africa. He joins FNG in early April, coming to the company from […]

Sky says Netflix ‘not having a big impact’

Subscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix are not having “a big impact” on Sky’s growth, according to Sky CFO Andrew Griffith. Speaking to analysts after Sky released its Q1 figures, Griffith said that “the two services don’t go directly toe-to-toe” with each other. Griffith said SVOD customers are generally either people who look to these […]

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