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Starz snags Sky drama ‘Mary & George’ for North America as AMC bows out

Starz has snagged rights to Mary & George, the upcoming Sky Studios show that had previously been picked up by AMC Networks. The drama is produced by the UK’s Hera Pictures and has been inspired by Benjamin Woolley’s nonfiction book The King’s Assassin, with Killing Eve‘s DC Moore writing. AMC Networks had previously taken rights […]

Sky Studios & Cattleya developing ‘Romanzo Criminale’ & ‘Gomorrah’ prequels

Sky Studios and ITV Studios-owned scripted label Cattleya are in development on prequels to both Romanzo Criminale and Gomorrah, two of their most successful Sky Italia originals. The prequel to Romanzo Criminale will focus on the years before the rise of the Banda della Magliana criminal organisation, as recounted in the two seasons of the […]

Sky Studios int’l scripted exec Jason Simms named MD at Cineflix’s Connect3

Connect3 (C3) Media, the Canadian production company behind Good Morning Chuck and Kings Of Coke, has appointed Sky Studios exec Jason Simms to the newly created role of managing director. Simms will work with president Pablo Salzman to expand the company’s slate, identifying and developing new content via financing models including international co-productions and pre-sales. […]

Sky UK reveals cut in scripted & factual programming hours

European pay-TV giant Sky expects to commission fewer hours of scripted and factual programming in the UK, content chief Zai Bennett has revealed. Sky’s MD of content in the UK & Ireland discussed the shift in strategy here at the Edinburgh TV Festival, admitting that while spending could increase across the two genres, the amount […]

Sky orders “morally complex” doc from Louis Theroux’s Mindhouse

European pay-TV giant Sky has ordered Tell Them You Love Me, a documentary feature about the affair between a married female professor and a non-verbal man with cerebral palsy. Produced by Louis Theroux’s production company, Mindhouse, the film will launch on Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW in November 2023. It is co-produced with Topic […]

Sky Studios UK comedy chief Jon Mountague to step down after more than a decade

Jon Mountague is to leave UK-based Sky Studios after more than a decade overseeing its comedy output in the UK and Ireland. Mountague started at Sky in 2012 and went on to lead comedy commissioning in 2017, remaining with the company following its acquisition by Comcast. He had been behind shows such as An Idiot […]

Sky Studios hires BBC scripted exec Rebecca O’Connor as director of production

Sky Studios has hired BBC drama exec Rebecca O’Connor as its director of production. O’Connor, who was most recently head of business, drama, comedy, films & acquisitions at the UK pubcaster, will take up the newly created role in August and reports into Sky Studios COO, Caroline Cooper. Her remit includes overseeing physical production for […]

Sky Studios hires BBCS alum Tobi de Graaff to lead co-pro & NBCU distribution partnerships

Sky Studios has appointed former BBC Studios (BBCS) exec Tobi de Graaff to the new role of SVP commercial. Reporting to COO Caroline Cooper, de Graaff will be responsible for Sky Studios’ commercial and co-production partnerships, including with NBCUniversal Global Distribution. He will work closely with editorial and commissioning teams across Europe, and also oversee […]

Asylum Entertainment hires Sky Studios alum Rob Siegel to lead M&A charge

Endeavor-backed LA prodco Asylum Entertainment has hired London-based Rob Siegel to oversee its M&A activity. Rob Siegel becomes head of business development & strategy at Asylum, reporting into CEO Steve Michaels. His remit includes accelerating the company’s global M&A strategy, accountable for both origination and execution of strategic opportunities in the US and abroad. Siegel […]

TBI Weekly: Making sense of an eventful Series Mania 2023

Record attendances, a juggernaut of top European and international execs, plus protestors’ running battles with police across Lille, made this year’s Series Mania Forum one to remember, writes Richard Middleton If there was any doubt before, the record crowds at Series Mania Forum this week underlined its ‘must-attend’ status in the scripted schedules of European […]

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