Fresh off of the success of their co-production Chernobyl, Sky has announced plans to launch Sky Studios – a European wide development and production hub. Alongside the new production capability, the satcaster, with the backing of new owners Comcast, will double their spend on original productions over the next five years.
Comcast’s recent acquisition of Sky provides with Sky with a plethora of opportunities, such as partnering with NBC, NBC’s cable channels (USA Network, Syfy) and Universal Pictures. Sky Studios is planned as a full-service production entity, supplying Sky, their aforementioned corporate siblings and other distribution outlets.
Sky Studios will produce and develop original content across all genres, with a focus on drama and comedy. They new production hub will work in close collaboration with local Sky leadership teams across Europe. Sky UK’s Managing-Director of Content Gary Davey will serve as CEO.
“This is a transformational development for us. 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”, said Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky.
“Being part of Comcast enables us to increase our investment and to maximise the advantage and leverage of the Sky Group and our partners, NBCUniversal”, he continued. “This is a clear signal of Comcast’s belief in our commitment to producing the best original content in Europe.”
While Sky Studios’ CEO Gary Davey added: “This exciting new venture is perfectly timed to meet the growing content demands of our customers. We look forward to working with the whole creative community, from individual creators to the big independent producers to produce more of the original content our customers love.”