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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 […]

Sky Studios expands production pacts with Free@Last TV, Sagafilm

Sky Studios has struck a multi-year development and distribution deal with Agatha Raisin producer Free@Last TV and Nordic prodco Sagafilm. Under the deals, Sky Studios will co-develop scripted series with the producers for a range of global outlets, while NBCUniversal Global Distribution is to handle international sales for the projects. Founded by Barry Ryan and […]

Exclusive: Sky Studios’ Jane Millichip urges plastics and ‘corporate tat’ ban at markets

Sky Studios chief commercial officer Jane Millichip has urged the TV industry to rapidly improve its approach to the environment by banning “crap and pointless corporate gifts” and calling on event organisers to make markets and festivals carbon neutral and free from single-use plastics. Millichip was speaking at yesterday’s Content Innovation Awards here in Cannes, […]

Content Innovation Awards 2019: The content visionary – Jane Millichip

Sky Studios COO Jane Millichip took Sky Vision revenues from £8m to £240m in seven years, creating a distribution powerhouse in the process. This year’s winner of the Content Innovation Awards’ Lifetime Achievement gong discusses Bananas In Pyjamas, New Zealand Idol and ‘bespoke scale’ Before you started making news in the TV world you were […]

Content Innovation Awards 2019: The individual winners

This year’s Content Innovation Awards, which took place on Sunday, 13 October at The Majestic Hotel in Cannes highlighted the achievements of three trailblazing individuals, recognised for their myriad contributions to the industry. Click below to read about the recipients of the individual awards in TBI’s Contribution to Content, Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Of […]

‘No rules’ and a new chapter for Sky Studios

With the backing of Comcast and knock-out collaborations such as Chernobyl, pay-TV operator Sky and its newly formed Sky Studios is emerging as a drama player you’d be crazy to underestimate. Nick Edwards reports When Sky revamped its original drama output in 2013, it aimed to create material that would match the quality of the […]

Sky Vision formally shuttered after NBCUniversal transfer

Distributor and producer Sky Vision has formally ended operations following its parent company’s acquisition by Comcast-backed NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal (NBCU) Global Distribution has incorporated Sky Vision’s sales arm while its deficit funding and production interests, which include Bake Off creator Love Productions, have been moved to the recently formed Sky Studios. The changes, which were first […]

Sky Studios launches innovation hub out of Leeds

Sky Studios is launching a hub out of Leeds aimed at developing new talent and forging scripted partnerships. The outpost, billed as an innovation hub, will scout out new talent to create original drama, comedy and scripted ideas for the pay-TV operator. It will also experiment with new tech to explore different entertainment experiences. The […]