‘Patrick Melrose’ With Benedict Cumberbatch to Air Across Asia

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“Patrick Melrose,” the five-part, Emmy-nominated drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has been picked up across Asia, U.K.-based production and distribution company Sky Vision announced Monday. The miniseries will air on platforms such as i…

‘Sherlock North’ & Sky-Backed ‘Bullets’ Help Finnish Weird Go Global – Mipcom

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Finland has a reputation as a curious country filled with lakes, saunas and forests as well as the home of Santa Claus. Now it is hoping to be known for its ambitious television series with a swathe of big-budget dramas interesting international buyers…

Patrick Dempsey & Alessandro Borghi To Lead Financial-World Thriller Series ‘Devils’ For Sky Italia & Lux Vide

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EXCLUSIVE: Grey’s Anatomy icon Patrick Dempsey and in-demand Italian actor Alessandro Borghi, star of Netflix’s Suburra, are to lead cast in hot new financial-world thriller series Devils for The Young Pope and Gomorrah backer Sky Italia an…

A+E Networks, Netflix Partner on True Crime Show ‘I Am a Killer’

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A+E Networks U.K. is partnering with Netflix and Sky Vision Productions on new true crime show “I Am a Killer,” A+E announced Monday. The 10-part show for the Crime + Investigation Network, the European channel co-owned by A+E and Sky, will premiere in Britain later in the spring. Each hour-long episode will profile a different […]

‘Top Boy’ Star Ashley Walters Stopped At Airport En Route To Mip TV After Having Bullet Keyring

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Top Boy star Ashley Walters is coming to Cannes to promote his latest drama Bulletproof, but faced some trouble on his way after being stopped for having a key chain with a bullet.
The actor and musician, who was part of British group So Solid Crew, is heading to Mip TV to promote the drama, which is produced by Vertigo Films, including an interview with Deadline. But the controversial star had a slightly longer journey than first expected.
He was held up at Heathrow…

Sky To Close In-House Production Division; Danny Tipping To Join Sky-Backed Znak & Co

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Sky is to close its in-house production division and its programming boss Danny Tipping will join Sky-backed U.S./UK producer Znak & Co. to become its factual chief.
The British pay-TV broadcaster will close Sky Vision Productions, which produces series such as CBC and Foxtel’s Death Row Doctors and Discovery-owned Quest’s Inventions That Rocked The World (above), as well as its Chorleywood production facility. The company’s distribution post-production facility will move…

The London Screenings: UK Distributors and Hollywood Studios Prepare For Onslaught Of Global TV Buyers

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The major British distributors and Hollywood studios are preparing for an onslaught of international TV buyers with hundreds descending on London and Liverpool, hopefully with their wellington boots at the ready, to snap up the latest scripted gems.

Later this week, around 700 buyers are expected to hit the UK for the start of BBC Showcase, the annual programming bonanza held in Liverpool. The event, which runs Sunday 18 February to Wednesday 21 February in the home of…

BBC Worldwide Investment; Banff Names Honouree; Sky Vision Closes ‘Britannia’ Sales – Global Briefs

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BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in Clerkenwell Films, the British production company behind Netflix co-production The End of the F***ing World. The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster has increased its stake from 25% to 48% in the Murray Ferguson-run firm, which also produced series including Misfits and Lovesick. Clerkenwell is the latest production company that BBCWW has increased its ownership stake in; it previously increased ownership of The Trip

Issa Rae Pitching Dystopian Sci-Fi Drama As Part of Diverse Writers’ Scheme

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Issa Rae, star of HBO’s Insecure, is pitching a dystopian sci-fi series to broadcasters and streaming after launching a diverse writers’ initiative. Rae’s production company ColorCreative.TV, which she runs with Deniese Davis, has taken out The Awoken from Katelyn Howes after the newcomer beat more than 2,000 others to win the Fresh Wave scheme.
The scheme was set up by Rae, Sky Vision, the international distribution division of the UK pay-TV broadcaster, and Talos Films

Issa Rae’s Talent Drive Leads to Sci-Fi Pilot ‘The Awoken’

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Buyers in L.A. will get a first look at “The Awoken” on Thursday, a new pilot presentation emanating from Issa Rae’s drive to find TV writers from under-represented sections of society. Rae, creator, co-writer and star of HBO’s “Insecure,” has spearheaded the Fresh Wave! initiative through ColorCreative, the production company she runs with producing partner […]

Mipcom: Sky Signs Up to Digital Sales Platform TRX (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sky Vision is the latest distributor to commit to add its programming to the TRX digital distribution platform. The news comes shortly after BBC Worldwide added its content to TRX, which is run by former U.K. super indie boss David Frank. TRX is a digital platform that allows TV program buyers and sellers to interact […]

Sky Drama ‘Riviera’ Finds U.S. Home in Ovation (EXCLUSIVE)

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U.S. cable net Ovation has picked up “Riviera,” the Julia Styles series that launched on Sky in the U.K. The ten part series follows an art curator (Styles) trying to get to the bottom of her husband’s death. It had mixed reviews in the U.K., but clicked with viewers and proved to be Sky’s best […]

Altice To Co-Produce Sky’s ‘Riviera’; Cannes TV Fest Project Adds Former Culture Minister – Global Briefs

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Sky Vision has partnered with Groupe Altice‘s Altice Studio to co-produce Riviera, the Côte d’Azur-set thriller created by Neil Jordan. Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, Adrian Lester, Iwan Rheon and Roxane Duran star in the 10-part drama that explores the depravity of morally ambiguous characters in the luxury playground and its dark underbelly. This is the first agreement between Sky and Altice which has ambitions to develop original series and is launching a premium pay-TV…

Ex-Fox Exec Jason Simms Joins Sky Vision As Director Of Drama & Comedy

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Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky, has hired Jason Simms as its new Director of Drama and Comedy. Simms joins from Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa where he was SVP for Global Acquisitions. At Sky Vision, he’ll spearhead drama and comedy acquisitions, deficit-funding and presales, reporting to Managing Director Jane Millichip.
Simms joined FNG in 2004 and was part of the team responsible for developing the company’s global series strategy, which…

Sky Acquires Majority Stake In True North, Invests In Chrysalis Vision

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Sky is growing its international production and distribution business with a majority stake in British factual producer True North and an investment in drama producer Chrysalis Vision. The moves are part of Sky’s expansion strategy under the Sky Vision banner which has stakes in such firms as Love Productions, Jupiter Entertainment, Blast! Films and Talos Films.
True North was founded in 2001 and is run by Jess Fowle and Andrew Sheldon. The largest factual indie in the…