Sky steps up TV production investment with Sky Studios

posted on Thursday, 13th June 2019 by Steve May

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Sky is ramping up its production capability, with the launch of Sky Studios, a new Europe-wide development and production facility. The move will see Sky’s investment in original productions more than double from the current level over the next five years.

The announcement comes after the huge success of Chernobyl, hailed as the most successful Sky original production ever, a record number of BAFTA winners for Sky, as well as several other European successes such as Das Boot and Gomorrah.

Sky says its success with original productions, coupled with the ability to partner with NBC and Universal, and the backing of new owner Comcast, puts it in a strong strategic position within the global content ecosystem.

Sky Studios will create new productions for Sky channels, NBC Broadcast and cable, and Universal Pictures, as well as for other distribution outlets.

“This is a transformational development for us,” says Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive. “Sky Studios will drive our vision to be the leading force in European content development and production. Our ambition is to make Sky Studios famous for quality content and a place where Europe’s top creatives will want to do their best work.”

Darroch adds that being part of Comcast enables it to increase its investment and to maximise the advantage and leverage of the Sky Group and our partners, NBCUniversal. This is a clear signal of Comcast’s belief in our commitment to producing the best original content in Europe.”

Sky Studios will produce and develop original content across all genres, with a focus on drama and comedy. With the emphasis firmly on quality, Sky Studios plans to double the amount of originals currently produced by Sky. It will work in close collaboration with local Sky leadership teams.

Production will begin next month on Sky Studios’ first international project, a six-part drama called The Third Day, a co-production with HBO and starring Jude Law.

Sky Studios will be headed up by Gary Davey, CEO, currently Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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