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Taking up the original content gauntlet thrown down by rivals Amazon and Netflix, Sky has revealed plans for a new Europe-wide development and production capability.
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The European pay-TV giant is currently riding a wave after scoring a global hit with Chernobyl, which has been the most successful Sky original production ever, gaining a record number of BAFTA winners for Sky which has also received plaudits for other series such as Das Boot and Gomorrah.

Taking advantage of backing from new owners Comcast, the new Sky Studios will be central to a plan by the company to see investment in original content will more than double from the current level over the next five years.

Sky Studios will create new productions for Sky channels, NBC Broadcast and cable, and Universal Pictures as well as for other distribution outlets. It will produce and develop original content across all genres, with a focus on drama and comedy. Sky Studios will also work in close collaboration with local Sky leadership teams.

The first development will see production begin in July 2019 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 led by Gary Davey, CEO, who is currently Sky UK’s managing director of content. Commenting on the creation of the new studio he said: “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.”

“This is a transformational development for us. Sky Studios will drive our vision to be the leading force in European content development and production,” added Sky group chief executive Jeremy Darroch. “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. 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. This is a clear signal of Comcast’s belief in our commitment to producing the best original content in Europe.”