Sky Italia


Sky Italia’s MD & programming chief to depart

Sky Italia’s MD Maximo Ibarra and programming chief Nicola Maccanico are set to leave the Comcast-owned pay TV operator. The exits come after Sky Italia failed to win rights to the Serie A football league, losing out to streaming service DAZN. Ibarra had been at the helm since 2019 but is leaving in July to […]

Sky Italia to cut 25% of workforce

European pay giant Sky is set to reduce its Italian workforce by 25% in a four-year reorganisation plan. National unions Slc Cgil, Fistel Cisl and Uilcom issued a statement on the planned redundancies, confirming a number of local reports. The job cuts are part of a cost-cutting overhaul which is expected to yield savings of […]

Sky Studios ups Jane Millichip to oversee operations across Europe

Comcast-owned Sky Studios has expanded the remit of its UK chief content officer Jane Millichip, who is taking control of creative operations across Europe. Millichip will now oversee all editorial and content activities in the UK and on the continent for Sky Studios, with the division’s chiefs in Germany and Italy – Marcus Ammon and Nils […]

Sky Studios CEO Gary Davey to step down & retire

Long-standing Sky exec Gary Davey is to step down from his position as CEO at the company’s production division Sky Studios next year and retire. Davey took up his most recent role 18 months ago following Sky’s acquisition by Comcast-owned NBCUniversal, having previously been the pay TV company’s MD of content in the UK and EVP of […]

News round-up: ITV Studios sells 300+ hours in India; Newen Connect to distribute Italy’s ‘Christian’ and more…

ITV Studios sells 300+ hours in India Soon-to-launch streamer Discovery+, Lionsgate Play and Viacom 18 have collectively acquired more than 300 hours of scripted and non-scripted content for India in a raft of deals with ITV Studios. Discovery+ has signed a deal for factual titles including Atlantic Productions’ Attenborough’s Journey, a look back at Sir David […]

Sky locks away Italian prison drama, from The Apartment & Wildside

UK-based Sky has commissioned Il Re (The King), a new Italian prison drama from Fremantle-owned production companies The Apartment and Wildside. The eight-part series is being produced by Lorenzo Mieli and directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi, with a screenplay by Stefano Bises, Peppe Fiore, Bernardo Pellegrini and Davide Serino. Shooting is set to begin in Rome, Turin […]

News round-up: ITVS expands US drama labels; Sky Italia snags Banijay’s ‘Pechino Express’; eOne outlines civil rights docuseries

Sky Italia travels with Pechino Express Sky Italia has struck a deal with Banijay Italia for future seasons of Pechino Express (Pekin Express), the local version of the Belgian-Dutch original format owned and licensed by 4MAT4. The format revolves around celebrity couples who must travel for thousands of kilometres in territories that are both geographically […]

The CW does deal with ‘Devils’ to bolster fall schedule

US network The CW has picked up Sky Italia thriller Devils as it continues to acquire international series for its 2020/21 schedule. The series is produced by Sky Italia and Italian prodco Lux Vide, in association with Sky Studios and France’s Orange Studio. It originally aired on Sky Atlantic in Italy and OCS in France. […]

Kids round-up: Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec; Sky names commissioners; South Korea’s Asiana agrees Cottonwood deal

Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec French studio Xilam Animation has appointed Disney’s former director of acquisitions and co-productions in EMEA as its EVP of content. Caterina Gonnelli joins the company on 13 January and will work alongside Xilam’s existing EVP of content Jean Brune to oversee all editorial aspects of the French company’s output. She […]

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