Sky Italia


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 […]

Sky Italia, local prodcos team for distribution

Sky Italia and producers including FremantleMedia-owned Wildside and Gomorrah producer Cattleya, have joined forces to create a new film distribution business. The new unit, which does not yet have a name, sees pay TV operator Sky join forces several film and TV production companies. As well as Cattleya and Wildside, which is making The Young […]

Sky ups profit, adds subs

Sky has reported strong full year results, with revenue climbing by 7% and adjusted operating profit increasing by 12%. Its subs base across the UK, Germany and Italy was 21.8 million, an 808,000 uptick year-on-year. Most of the subs growth – 445,000 – at the European satcaster came from the UK. Announcing its results for […]

Foxtel, Sky Italia get factual from Passion

Pay TV providers in Australia and Italy are among those that have bought factual programming from UK-based vendor Passion Distribution. Foxtel has taken Charlie Luxton’s Homes By the Med (pictured), a new 6x60mins show airing on More4 in the UK, plus season three of Charlie Luxton’s Homes By the Sea, another from True North Productions […]

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