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News round-up: Sky Studios invests in Longboat Pictures; Travel Channel orders eerie doc series from Karga Seven; Love Nature lands on Xumo in US and more…

Sky Studios invests in UK prodco Longboat Pictures Comcast-owned Sky Studios has acquired a minority stake in Longboat Pictures, a new London-based indie prodco specialising in TV drama. Longboat was founded last year by LA-based director-producer Julie Anne Robinson and former ITV commissioner Victoria Fea. Under the deal, Sky Studios’ investment will help to accelerate Longboat’s […]

News round-up: Sky Studios signs Leinemann; ‘Evermore’ sales; Britbox honours medics; Baby Cow names MD

Sky Studios signs exclusive deal with filmmaker Leinemann Sky Studios has signed an exclusive deal with German filmmaker Philipp Leinemann to produce original scripted drama for the Comcast-owned company. The agreement will see Leinemann write, develop and direct German and international originals for Sky. Leinemann won several awards for his 2014 debut film Wir Waren […]

Sky Studios takes stake in BBC Studios’ alums prodco The Lighthouse

Comcast-backed Sky Studios has taken a minority stake in UK production company The Lighthouse, the drama prodco launched by BBC Studios’ scripted veterans Hilary Salmon, Radford Neville and Nick Betts late last year. The Lighthouse, which was unveiled in October, will use the Sky Studios investment to develop high-end productions internationally, accelerate its growth and […]

Sky Studios partners with Fremantle’s Italian label The Apartment

Sky Studios has struck a development and partnership deal with Fremantle’s newly formed Italian label The Apartment. Under the deal, Sky Studios will provide development funding for a minimum of three shows alongside a commitment to produce. Lorenzo Mieli, a co-founder of Fremantle’s Wildside and producer behind shows such as The Young Pope and My […]

Sky Studios strikes first-look deal with Romesh Ranganathan’s prodco Ranga Bee

Sky Studios has signed a first-look script deal with UK-based comedy and entertainment indie Ranga Bee, the production outfit co-founded by Romesh Ranganathan. Ranga Bee will work directly with Sky Studios to develop new projects for Sky’s customers across Europe and beyond, with co-developed projects exec produced by Jon Mountague, director of comedy at Sky […]

Sky nears Disney deal, reveals plans for documentary and nature channels

UK-based pay TV operator Sky is on the brink of securing a distribution deal for fledgling streamer Disney+ and is preparing to launch two new factual channels, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature. Plans for the channels follow the launch of Sky Crime in October and Sky Comedy, which arrives on the platform today. The introduction […]

Sky Studios expands unscripted by backing Jeff Collins’ prodco Catalina Content

UK-based Sky Studios has further expanded its production interests by backing an LA-based outfit fronted by Jeff Collins, whose former company Collins Avenue Entertainment was recently sold by the troubled Kew Media Group. Collins becomes president of Catalina Content and will oversee all creative – from development to current – and be tasked with creating […]

FilmRise teams with Sky Studios for crime series ‘Bloodline Detectives’

FilmRise and Sky Studios have partnered on international sales for true crime documentary series, Bloodline Detectives, with Discovery UK in place as the UK funding partner. Produced by Peninsula Television, the maker of Evidence of Evil, Teens Who Kill, and Celebrity Obsessed,  Bloodline Detectives focuses on familial DNA investigation, a search technique which uses genetic […]

TBI Weekly: The decade ahead

TBI has spoken to an array of leading execs from around the world to get their take on how the TV business is changing and what their businesses are doing about it. From streaming and short-form to distribution and development, we delve into the major trends affecting the content business right now and explore how […]

Sky-backed Jupiter appoints Hudson Media’s Chris Spry for development

Sky-backed US producer Jupiter Entertainment has rejigged its senior management team, appointing Chris Spry from Hudson Media to oversee development and promoting two of its existing execs. Spry becomes VP of development at Jupiter, which recently named Patrick Reardon as president after the exit of Allison Wallach, while veterans Harrison Land and Todd Moss become […]

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