Some 24 hours after they landed a commission from Sky1 for A Discovery Of Witches, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s indie Bad Wolf has secured investment from Sky and HBO. The investment stems from Sky and HBO’s multi-million pound co-production agreement.
Sky and HBO have both taken minority stakes in the independent production company and will be represented on the board. As a result of the deal, Bad Wolf will become a preferred supplier of projects to be produced under the broadcasters’ co-production partnership, which is aimed at funding large scale dramas for the international television market.
Launched last year, Bad Wolf already has a number of projects in the pipeline, including the aforementioned A Discovery Of Witches and an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for BBC One. The indie also previously co-produced HBO’s limited series The Night Of, which is an adaptation of the BBC series Criminal Justice. Both Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner worked extensively with HBO in their previous roles at BBC Worldwide.
“Our experience working with Bad Wolf on The Night Of laid the groundwork for what I know will be a very fruitful production partnership alongside our friends at Sky, one that will reflect our common ambition for producing television of the highest quality”, said Casey Bloys, HBO’s President of Programming.
“I have long been an admirer of Jane and Julie’s work and thought The Night Of, which Jane produced, was the stand-out US production of 2016″, commented Sky’s Gary Davey. “We look forward to working with Bad Wolf in bringing more high-end drama and great story-telling to screen. Sky and HBO share a common creative culture and this deal deepens our relationship and maintains our leadership position in world-class content.”
“The synergy between HBO and Sky perfectly matches the transatlantic ambitions of Bad Wolf. From Rome and Five Days through to Getting On and The Night Of, Julie and I have always had a creatively fulfilling relationship with HBO”, added Bad Wolf Chief Executive Jane Tranter. “A Discovery of Witches marks our first partnership with Sky and we are thoroughly enjoying being part of their creative vision for TV. This transatlantic relationship, with its roots in South Wales, is something we cannot wait to get stuck into.”