Sky hires BBC, C4 execs to bolster factual commissioning team

UK-based Sky has hired Hayley Reynolds from the BBC and Janine Thomas from Channel 4 to work across the commissioning of documentary and factual content. Reynolds will become commissioning editor at Sky and will start next month, along with Thomas who has been named assistant commissioning editor. The duo will form part of the recently formed […]

Sky doubles originals offer as huge docs, films & drama slate unveiled

European broadcast group Sky has announced its ‘biggest ever’ line-up of new and original programming, with more than 125 exclusive shows and films set to debut across its channels and Now TV streaming service in 2021. The company has revealed that it will be debuting 30 new Sky Original documentaries and 30 new original films, […]

Sky unveils 20% BAME target by 2025 as part of diversity push

Comcast-owned Sky in the UK and Ireland has set a target to ensure that 20% of roles in its workforce should be filled by those from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background by 2025. Sky added that 5% of the roles in Sky’s UK & Ireland workforce should be filled by Black employees, while the same […]

Lifting the covers on safe & authentic screen sex

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton talks to intimacy coordinator Vanessa Coffey about the emerging industry role that helps actors establish personal boundaries and deliver more authentic performances during scenes of a sexual nature. The #MeToo movement in 2017 brought with it changes to the way in which productions shot scenes of an intimate and sexual […]

Sky expands environmental pledges with ‘preference’ for carbon neutral partners

NBCUniversal-owned Sky has unveiled a series of expanded environmental commitments for its TV productions in the UK, which include a preference for working with producers “aligned” with its own net zero carbon ambitions. The pay-TV operator’s new ‘sustainable production principles’ will apply to all UK originals, such as Gangs Of London, and builds on existing commitments that […]

TBI Weekly: Seven trends to look out for in 2021

2021 is off to a busy start. We’ve seen senior content execs depart in North America, global streamers hiking their prices in Europe to pay for new shows, and IP-owning behemoths such as Disney further proving their immense clout. Here are seven stories from this week that point to what we can expect in the coming months. […]

‘Little Birds’ flies to Starzplay & more in global deals

Starz-owned streamer Starzplay is among a host of global platforms and broadcasters that have picked up UK-based Warp Films-produced drama Little Birds, following deals with distributor ITV Studios. The international streamer has picked up the six-part drama series in a multi-territory deal for Belgium, Brazil, France, Luxembourg, Spain, French-speaking Switzerland, the Netherlands and Latin America. […]

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch steps down, succeeded by Comcast’s Dana Strong

Jeremy Darroch, CEO of European pay-TV and broadband group Sky, is stepping down after 13 years in the role, with Dana Strong, president of consumer services at parent company Comcast Cable in the US, named as his successor. Darroch is to be made executive chairman at Sky for the duration of 2021 to ensure a […]