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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 […]

Apple seals first-look pact with ‘Catastrophe’ creator Sharon Horgan

Apple has struck an exclusive first-look deal with Sharon Horgan. The pact comes after Catastrophe creator Horgan’s deal with Amazon expired and will include all projects written by the Divorce scribe. Horgan starred alongside comedian Rob Delaney in Catastrophe and has also appeared in shows including Army Wives. She is also behind UK-based prodco Merman […]

‘Motherland’ prodco Merman TV names London MD, production head

Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman TV has followed up on its recently agreed funding and distribution deal with Sky Studios by expanding its production and financing team. Rebecca Parkinson, who had been head of production since January 2018, will become managing director of the London-based TV Division and will also now sit on the […]

Sky Studios takes the reins of ‘Das Boot’ from Sonar

Sky Studios is to fund and distribute the next seasons of wartime U-boat drama Das Boot. The pay-TV operator’s commissioning and production arm will take the reins to the Bavaria Fiction and Sky Deutschland co-production, which is set to return next year for a second season. New deals for the Sky Deutschland drama – the […]

Sky Studios strikes two-year pact with Merman Television as Amazon deal expires

UK pay-TV operator Sky’s production outfit Sky Studios has struck a two-year funding and distribution deal with Clelia Mountford and Sharon Horgan’s prodco Merman Television. The pact covers overhead and development funding and a first-look distribution agreement, and will see the business expand its UK scripted team to develop global-facing drama. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will […]

Sky plots 32-acre film and TV studio at Elstree

Sky is developing a 32-acre film and TV studio at North London’s Elstree, set to bring about more than 2,000 jobs and a £3bn ($3.8bn) production investment to the UK creative sector. Sky’s new studio space, called Sky Studios Elstree, comes just months after Netflix set up shop at Shepperton Studios with a 14-stage studio […]

TBI Weekly: How and why private equity is getting into TV

It’s been a busy few months for M&A execs around the world. From Banijay’s acquisition of Endemol Shine Group to Hasbro buying Entertainment One and the numerous deals in between, one thing is clear: the market for production companies is hot. And while those billion dollar deals might seem some way from the day-to-day regime […]

Sky’s Zai Bennett on ‘huge’ HBO deal, Sky Studios pipeline and Peacock collaborations

Sky’s director of programmes Zai Bennett has outlined a multi-pronged approach to commissioning involving indies, Sky Studios and Comcast siblings NBC and Peacock, but also looked to put the importance of its recent deal with HBO-owner WarnerMedia into context. In a far-reaching discussion at TBI’s inaugural Masterclass event yesterday, Bennett described the extended deal for […]

Sky confirms HBO output deal and HBO Max co-production pact

Sky has unveiled details of its new output deal with HBO-owner WarnerMedia and confirmed it will co-produce shows with soon-to-launch streamer HBO Max. The output deal, details of which were first reported yesterday, applies across Sky’s European markets and will allow the company’s networks and OTT service Now TV to offer HBO shows as well […]

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