News – Sky Media https://www.skymedia.co.uk Believe in Better Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:39:13 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/logo_skymedia-gradient.png News – Sky Media https://www.skymedia.co.uk 144 72 Believe in Better Comedy Central UK in Sponsorship Deal with Captain Morgan https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/comedy-central-uk-strikes-sponsorship-deal-with-captain-morgan/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:20:43 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17866

Comedy Central UK Strikes Sponsorship Deal with Captain Morgan

The Deal Extends Across Linear, Online and A Live Event

Comedy Central UK today announced that it has struck a ten-month sponsorship deal with Diageo’s global rum brand, Captain Morgan. The deal, which was brokered by Sky Media, will include sponsorship across a range of Comedy Central platforms including linear, online and a live event.

From 1st September, Captain Morgan will sponsor shows airing on Comedy Central primetime between the hours of 9pm and midnight from Monday to Sunday during which time over 75% of its audience is over 18. Shows set to be sponsored will include Roast Battle, Impractical Jokers, Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central, Joel & Nish vs The World and Your Face Or Mine?. Sponsorship will also extend to primetime shows on Comedycentral.co.uk.

As part of the deal, Captain Morgan will also partner with Comedy Central Live; a three-day stand-up and experiential festival that will take place in Southampton this October, featuring a number of the UK’s top comedians including Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard and Katherine Ryan.

Mark Swift, SVP UK Commercial and International Ad Sales, Viacom International Media Networks commented: “We’re excited to have signed this sponsorship deal with Captain Morgan across TV, online and our newest experiential event. Comedy Central is the perfect partner channel to reach 18-34’s in the UK and offers a great platform for brands to connect with audiences, whether they’re at home watching our content or attending one of our live events.”

Nick Payman, Marketing Manager for Captain Morgan Europe: “We are delighted to agree this sponsorship with Comedy Central, which through its rich history of comedy is the perfect fit for Captain Morgan where we celebrate everyone who embraces living with fun. This exciting deal also ensures we continue to reach our drinkers across the UK across a range of Comedy Central’s channels.”

Rachel Bristow, Director of Client Partnerships and Collaboration at Sky Media, said: “Comedy Central is the ultimate home of laughter. With its fun voice, Captain Morgan is well placed to create a great connection with Comedy Central’s audience. This deal further demonstrates our capabilities in creating meaningful partnerships for our channel partners as we identify brand and channel synergies to develop truly impactful campaigns.”

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A Discovery of Witches to air on September 14th exclusively on Sky https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/a-discovery-of-witches-will-air-on-friday-14th-september-exclusively-on-sky-one-and-now-tv/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 12:24:19 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17856

Sky original production A Discovery of Witches will air on Friday 14th September at 9pm exclusively on Sky One and NOW TV.

A modern-day love story, set in a world where witches, vampires and demons secretly live and work alongside humans.

Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches is a modern-day love story, set in a world where witches,vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight.

The Sky original production stars Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) as academic and historian Diana Bishop, a witch denying her magical heritage. Until the discovery of an ancient manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery– and into the path of enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont, (Matthew Goode – Downton Abbey, The Crown), who hides a dark family secret.

As Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to find the secrets of the manuscript and their relationship develops, events threaten to unravel the fragile peace between thecreatures, a peace overseen bythe Congregation, a shadowyinstitution of powerful vampires, witches and daemons. Alex Kingston plays Diana’s aunt, Sarah Bishop, a practising witch and coven member. Owen Teale is Peter Knox, a powerfulwitch and leading Congregation member. And Louise Brealey plays Gillian Chamberlain, a witch and professor at Oxford University.

Made by Bad Wolf Productions, A Discovery of Witches has been adapted for screen by writer Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge), who is also an executive producer.

The co-founders of Bad Wolf, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, and Lachlan MacKinnon are executive producers along with Deborah Harkness. Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) is the director.
Filming took place in South Wales and on location in Oxford and Venice

The A Discovery of Witches press pack can be found here.

Click here to watch the trailer

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Another boost for Sky One’s Curfew as Adam Brody joins the cast https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/another-boost-for-sky-ones-curfew-as-adam-brody-joins-supercharged-cast/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:57:27 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17851

Another boost for Sky One’s Curfew as Adam Brody joins supercharged cast

The Sky original production, which follows the story of ordinary people and extraordinary characters competing in the world’s fastest, most furious illegal night-time street race

The Sky original production, which follows the story of ordinary people and extraordinary characters competing in the world’s fastest, most furious illegal night-time street race, will see Brody (The O.C.) join previously announced cast members Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Adrian Lester (Riviera), Phoebe Fox (Blue Iguana), Malachi Kirby (Roots), Billy Zane (Titanic) and Miranda Richardson (Churchill).

Brody said: “The Curfew scripts came my way and I couldn’t stop reading; I loved the outsized personality it had. It’s bleak, hopeful, violent, funny and tender all at the same time. It’s a joy to work with such a talented group of performers and downright lovely human beings. Max Larssen is unlike any character I’ve played and it was a thrill to try to access such an intelligent and remote individual.”

Also confirmed to star are Harriet Walter (The Crown), Michael Biehn (Aliens), Robert Glenister (Hustle), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Peaky Blinders), Rose Williams (Reign), Elijah Rowen (Vikings) and Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen).

The eight-part series from Tiger Aspect Productions in association with Moonage Pictures will be available exclusively in the UK on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in 2019. Curfew will premiere exclusively in the US on Spectrum Originals in 2019.

Curfew is written and executive produced by Matthew Read (Pusher). The series is executive produced for Tiger Aspect Productions by Will Gould and Frith Tiplady in association with their new independent production company Moonage Pictures. It is directed by Colm McCarthy (The Girl with All the Gifts, Peaky Blinders) and is produced by Simon Maloney (Peaky Blinders).

Curfew was commissioned for Sky by head of drama Anne Mensah and director of programming for Sky Entertainment UK & Ireland Zai Bennett. Sky Vision will handle distribution rights.

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Sky News unveils new daytime line-up, with brand new programming https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/sky-news-unveils-new-daytime-line-up-with-brand-new-programming-and-on-air-talent/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 20:08:51 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17843

Sky News unveils new daytime line-up, with brand new programming and on-air talent

A new show for presenter Kay Burley, the addition of former ITV News anchor Mark Austin and a number of new correspondents.

• The Kay Burley Show to air four days a week, offering breaking news, interviews and a unique perspective on the day’s event

• The News Hour will see Mark Austin return from Washington to join Sky News’ presenting team

• A range of new correspondents will bolster Home News, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Technology and Sport

 

‘The Kay Burley Show’ will air from 2pm until 5pm Monday to Thursday. As well as covering the breaking news, Kay’s show will deliver her own perspective on the day’s stories, with interviews, quirky off beat stories and spiky opinion and debate, challenging the status quo and reflecting the views of the UK audience. Kay has hosted more hours of live television news than anyone having been with the channel since its inception nearly 30 years ago.

‘The News Hour’ with Mark Austin, airing Monday to Friday at 5pm, will provide a round-up of the day’s news for the teatime audience, with a recap of events plus analysis from Sky News’ expert correspondents and interviews with the key players at the centre of the day’s stories. Mark returns to the studio after a year spent in the Washington bureau and will also present a new look 6 o Clock News.

Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Sky News Director of Content, said: “With a fast growing digital audience on the Sky News mobile app, our viewers know what’s making the headlines. But what they want is more appointment to view shows. Kay and Mark are experienced news presenters, each with their own ‘take’ on the day’s stories. Embedding them more firmly in our schedule gives us a chance to give Sky News more personality and more editorial heft at a time when being a trusted news brand has never been more important.”

Also joining the team this autumn are a number of new correspondents who will bolster specialist reporting across all of Sky News platforms. Jason Farrell moves from Westminster to become the channel’s first Home Editor, covering the stories that affect the UK audience. Beth Rigby becomes Deputy Political Editor, while Nick Martin takes on a new role, reporting on politics but from outside the Westminster bubble, looking at how politics is viewed by voters a long way from SW1.

Rowland Manthorpe has moved from Wired magazine to be the new Technology Correspondent, Kate McCann joins the political team from the Telegraph and Martha Kelner is leaving the Guardian to become Sky News Sport Correspondent. Finally The Times former Defence correspondent Deborah Haynes arrives this month as Foreign Affairs Editor.

Jonathan Levy, Sky News’ Director of Newsgathering, said: “The appointment of these great reporters not only boosts our specialist journalism, but is also a strong signal of how Sky News is in better shape than ever. Our future looks bright and it’s great we’re attracting top talent from across the industry”

Throughout the day, Sky News documents the biggest stories from around the globe through a range of unique programming. Starting with Sunrise from 6-10am and followed by All Out Politics live from Westminster at 10am. The day’s news agenda will be wrapped up with the News at Ten and then Press Review, looking at the stories that will be making tomorrow’s news.

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Mark Strong, Carice van Houten and Daniel Mays to star in Temple https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/mark-strong-carice-van-houten-and-daniel-mays-star-in-temple-a-new-sky-original-production/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 19:16:32 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17836

Mark Strong heads a cast including Carice van Houtenmand and Daniel Mays in a new darkly comic thriller, Temple.

The eight-part Sky original production set in the secret world beneath London will start production in September for Sky and NOW TV.

Deep below the streets of London, descending past Temple tube in the beating heart of the city, lies a dark secret. An illegal clinic has been set up in an abandoned subterranean network of tunnels.

Daniel played by Mark Strong, is a surgeon driven by personal tragedy to treat anyone who is willing to pay for medical help outside the system. Aided by Lee a disgruntled transport employee, played by Daniel Mays, and Anna a guilt-ridden medical researcher played by Carice van Houten, they treat a variety of increasingly desperate and highly dangerous patients, as Daniel’s morality is tested to the limit. Temple is a story of fate, chaos and consequence and asks how far you would go to save the person you love.

Heartfelt and darkly comic, the thriller is adapted by Mark O’Rowe from the critically acclaimed Norwegian drama series Valkyrien, Temple will be produced by Hera Pictures for Sky.

Mark Strong said: “Mark O’Rowe has created a complex and multi-faceted character in Daniel – a man pushed to the extreme as his world is radically destabilised. Temple is a gripping and humane morality tale for our time.”

Liza Marshall, head of Hera Pictures, said: “After the success of Riviera, I am thrilled to be working with Sky again on my first production for Hera. I think the audience will love the world of Temple and it’s darkly funny take on life.”

Gabriel Silver, Executive Producer for Sky, said: “When Hera Pictures delivered the scripts for Temple, we at Sky fell in love with its blackly comic streak and the morally compromised characters working in their own secret realm beneath London. I’ve been an ardent fan of Mark O’Rowe’s work from his adaptation of Boy A to Intermission, and having Mark, Carice and Daniel cast, I know that the audience will be treated to an unflinching, hilarious and very human story.”

Temple is produced by Hera Pictures. It is executive produced by Liza Marshall, Mark Strong and Mark O’Rowe for Hera Pictures and Gabriel Silver and Anne Mensah for Sky. Luke Snellin (Wanderlust) is the lead director with Shariff Korver (Fenix) and Lisa Siwe (Modus) following and Barney Reisz (Black Mirror) produces. Temple will be co-funded and distributed internationally by Sky Vision and will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland during 2019.

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Sky Bet with Sky Sports and Football Daily for a new football social series https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/sky-bet-launches-weekly-football-social-series-with-sky-sports-and-football-daily/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:54:54 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17777

Sky Bet launches a new content partnership series, produced with Sky Sports and Football Daily.

The investment is one of the largest brand partnership deals on social media in the UK ever.

The live watch-along series, available on Soccer AM’s and Football Daily’s Facebook and YouTube channels, airs from 2:45-5:15pm every footballing week  and will run until the last match of the season. Adam Smith, Soccer AM host, will anchor the show with presenters from Football Daily, like Chris Hamill and Joe Tomlinson, contributing as well. Football fans will also get the inside scoop from ex-footballers joining the show to share their insight.

The playful and entertaining show will dissect football news happening live across all divisions in the UK to give fans an unparalleled view of the sport. Reacting in the moment, the show will share latest betting odds with expert analysis from the programme’s pundits.

The 33-week long partnership comes as a result of an impressive campaign during the World Cup that featured football legends like Emile Heskey. In a similar format, across eight live streamed shows, it reached 2.5 million views across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and VoD. The content proved a success for engaging second screening audiences as half of YouTube views came from mobile devices.

The strategy was created to engage this mobile-first and increasingly dual-screening group of millennials in an authentic way. Even the set design has been crafted to reflect this authenticity, ensuring it has a distinct look that differs from traditional sports broadcasting.

Combined, the social channels of Soccer AM and Football Daily have a following of over nine million.

Jason Hughes, Head of Creative Solutions and Branded Content at Sky Media, said, “This is a fantastic partnership that truly bridges the best of top class production values across Sky Sports and Diagonal View with the immediacy of social media. This format has a proven track record, with outstanding results during the World Cup. We’re excited to see it develop as we embark on this huge long-term partnership that we’re sure will continue to attract Sky Bet’s key audience.”

Leanda Threthewy, Head of Media Performance at Sky Bet and Gaming, said, “Here at Sky Bet, we always look to make an impact, whether that’s through our innovative approach to sports betting or our customer focused attitude, and we’re very confident that this social series will deliver that impact. With fantastic content and talent combined with the huge size and scale of Sky Sports and Football Daily, we really feel like we’re part of a winning team.”

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Sky’s new comedy Brassic lines up top British talent https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/skys-new-comedy-brassic-lines-up-top-british-talent/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:32:22 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17759

Sky’s new comedy Brassic lines up top British talent

Definition: “Brassic: Broke, penniless, without means, boracic lint – skint, on the bones of yer arse.”

Joe Gilgun (This is England), Michelle Keegan (Our Girl) and Damien Molony (Ripper Street) are set to star in Brassic, an edgy new original comedy from Sky co-created by Joe Gilgun and BAFTA-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst. Ruth Sheen and Tim Key are also set to star.

Production on the show will start in September for Sky and NOW TV. Written by Danny Brocklehurst (Safe), Brassic, with its distinct northern flavour, is about a group of working-class friends finding unconventional ways to win at life in northern suburbia.

Vinnie (Gilgun), a Lancashire lad with bipolar disorder, and Dylan (Molony), his razor-smart best mate, are inseparable and utterly co-dependant. They’ve hardly spent a day apart since birth. But Dylan’s girlfriend Erin (Keegan) might just shake things up for good with her plans to leave town and start a new life for herself and her kid, Tyler.

Dylan is faced with the impossible decision between a fresh start with the love of his life or staying behind with his inseparable gang of mates that he can’t live without. This gang includes: Cardi (Tom Hanson), champion kebab eater and total liability; Ash (Aaron Heffernan), the son of a family of fighting Travellers whose fists can get them out of most kinds of trouble; Tommo (Ryan Sampson), the most sexually liberated man in Britain who doesn’t care what people think; and JJ (Parth Thakerar), a sharp entrepreneur who runs a garage (with a lucrative sideline in stolen cars).

These lads have dealt, scammed, bribed and conned their way through adolescence, but now, on the brink of adulthood, their dealing and stealing is catching up with them and a whole load of trouble is heading their way. Like a carefully stacked tower of cards, what happens if one of them is knocked down or, worse, removed from the pack entirely?

Veering between hilarious comedy and heartfelt emotion, Brassic is about irreplaceable, lifelong friends, loyalty and the things that come between them.

Joe Gilgun, co-creator, said: “I’m truly humbled by the opportunity. We’ve got an amazing team of creators and watching it all take form has been very moving. Bipolar is a big part of my life. We want to show that you can have mental health issues and in some cases live a productive, exciting life, full of adventure. Our writer Danny Brocklehurst and my friend David Quayle have been invaluable in taking this journey with me. Embrace who you are, decide what to be and go be it.”

Danny Brocklehurst, co-creator & writer, said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be making Brassic with Sky One. This is a passion project for Joe and myself and we have collaborated every step of the way to create an outrageous, funny, stylistically bold show that brings to life a rarely seen northern working-class world. This is a big-hearted show about life at the sharp end of modern Britain.”

Jon Mountague, head of comedy for Sky, said: “I love the authenticity, hilarity and undeniable heart of Joe Gilgun’s world and Danny has executed his incredible stories brilliantly. Brassic is really different – sometimes raw, often remarkable, and always human. Fantastic scripts complemented by an amazing cast. We can’t wait to share the show with Sky customers.”

David Livingstone, executive producer for Calamity Films, said: “When Joe first told me these stories I was struck by their humour and humanity. But Danny’s writing has turned them into something stunning and beautiful. It was like reading a great book with amazing characters for the first time. Something you knew you wanted to be part of. We are so grateful to Sky for giving us the opportunity to bring these stories to the screen.”

Brassic, a Sky original production, is produced by Calamity Films. It is executive produced by David Livingstone for Calamity Films and Jon Mountague for Sky. Joe Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst are also executive producers with Juliet Charlesworth as series producer. Daniel O’Hara (Block 1) and Jon Wright (Block 2) are directing.

Brassic will be distributed internationally by ITV Global and will air on Sky and streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland in 2019

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A bumper guests list for S13 of Sky One’s A League of Their Own https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/a-bumper-guests-list-for-s13-of-sky-ones-a-league-of-their-own-2/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:34:17 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17739

Wladimir Klitschko, Geri Horner, Tony Bellew and many more guest in Series 13 of Sky One’s A League of Their Own

Olympic gold medallists, professional boxers and footballers and many more join James, Freddie, Jamie and Romesh for the latest series of Sky One’s A League of Their Own.

Episode one of series 13 of the BAFTA-winning show comes to Sky One and NOW TV at 9pm on Thursday 30 August.

One of Sky’s longest-standing entertainment programmes, the award-winning show returns with a bumper guest list. The star-studded line-up includes former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, panel favourite Tony Bellew, footballers and England internationals John Terry, Ashley Cole and Jack Wilshere, singer Geri Horner, comedian and A League of Their Own regular Rob Beckett and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.

And that’s not all. Series 13 features even more of the hysterical moments we’ve come to expect from the show, including speed skating with world champion Elise Christie, hurling in Kilkenny in front of 30,000 spectators, ThunderCat racing and a swimming event between the panel, David Walliams and Helen Skelton, who were all coached by Olympic champion Adam Peaty.

Studio challenges this year ranged from ‘danger sit-ups’ with Tony Bellew to ‘back-to-back football’, with Josh Widdicombe showing off his skills.

Romesh Ranganathan said: “A League of Their Own has been a lot of fun, is something I’m contractually obliged to say despite the physical challenges, which I would describe as some of the toughest experiences I have ever been through. The guest list, however, has been phenomenal with David Walliams, Helen Skelton and Wladimir Klitschko, who was amazing. This series also saw the return of one of my favourite people in the world and ALOTO Hall of Famer Tony Bellew – who was as incredible as we all hoped he would be.”

Barbara Lee, commissioning editor, Sky Arts and Entertainment said: “Every year we aim to get the highest calibre of guests for the series and this year has been no different. The team work so hard to continue to push the boundaries and ensure sporting idols see our show as the go-to for sports entertainment. Where else do you see James Corden and Wladimir Klitschko going toe-to-toe or Alan Carr take on Tony Bellew in a speed-skating challenge?”

Jack Shillaker, series producer for CPL said: “Our guests are integral to the programme, and we pride ourselves on bringing in the biggest names and showing them in a different light. It never fails to amaze me how bravely the guests throw themselves – quite literally sometimes – into the show.”

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Tim Minchin stars in Upright, a new Sky original production https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/move-piano-across-australia-tim-minchin-stars-upright-new-sky-original-production/ Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:34:53 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17547

How do you move a piano across Australia? Tim Minchin stars in Upright, a new Sky original production.

When your most cherished possession is a battered upright piano, you only have one option if you need to travel across Australia: take it with you.

Join Tim Minchin and newcomer Milly Alcock in a sharp-tongued and touching comedy drama set on a 4,000km road trip from Sydney to Perth with a piano in tow.

The eight-part series will air on Sky and streaming service NOW TV during 2019 and will be co-produced by Foxtel, with Screen Australia and Lingo Pictures. The story follows two misfits, thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, who forge the unlikeliest of bonds in their quest to get a precious piano from one side of the country to the other.

Lucky Flynn, played by Minchin, hasn’t spoken to his family in years. He’s broke, distant and damaged. He’s also a gifted pianist, whose talent for music is matched only by his talent for self-destruction. When he learns that his mother has only days left to live, Lucky sets off in a hire car to drive the 4,000km from Sydney to Perth to say goodbye, taking with him his only cherished possession in the world: a battered and scarred upright piano.

But what should have been a straightforward drive across the outback soon becomes a test of Lucky’s emotional fitness, when he quite literally runs into Meg, played Milly Alcock, a hilarious, tough-as-nails teenager, who we soon discover has plenty of scars and secrets of her own.

Tim Minchin said: “From the moment I heard about the idea for Upright, I knew it was the show I’d been waiting to make. I like stories that make me laugh and think and cry, I adore the landscapes of outback Australia, and I love music, and homecomings, and characters full of flaws. It’s awesome to be writing with this extraordinary team, and I’m looking forward to acting alongside Milly Alcock, who I think is a really special talent.”

Morwenna Gordon, Commissioning Editor Sky Comedy, said: “Sky Comedy is always striving to work with the best talent and on the most surprising, unique and beautifully crafted shows, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with the world class Tim Minchin on Upright. Alongside Milly Alcock (and a battered piano), we’re sure this is a road trip Sky customers will never forget.”

Jason Stephens, Lingo Pictures, said: “There are not many shows I’ve enjoyed developing as much as Upright. It’s been a joy having Tim back home and working with our talented team of writers scripting this beautiful and funny show. Matt Saville’s direction always delivers something special so I can’t wait to start shooting and bringing this story to the Foxtel and Sky audiences.”

Upright is created by Chris Taylor, with Taylor and Minchin writing the series together with writer-actors Kate Mulvany and Leon Ford. It will be directed by Matthew Saville with Minchin writing the music. The series will begin filming in Australia in October.

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Sky announces results for the year ended 30 June 2018 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/sky-announces-results-year-ended-30-june-2018/ Thu, 02 Aug 2018 12:09:34 +0000 https://www.skymedia.co.uk/?post_type=news&p=17541

Sky announces excellent financial and operating results for the year ended 30 June 2018

Strong set of plans are in place for future growth

On Thursday 26 July, Sky announced the end of year results (Q4) reporting excellent financial and operating results, an extension of its leadership in content and great value delivered to customers across the Group. A strong set of plans are in place for future growth.

Here are some key highlights from the figures showcased:

  • 5% increase in like-for-like revenue
  • 23 million European households with Sky – Q4 customer growth up 39%
  • 63 million products in Sky homes – Q4 product growth up 81%
  • Sky Q in 3.6 million homes across the Group – up 2.3 million year on year

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, commented:
“It’s been an exceptional year. We’ve delivered another set of strong results with like-for-like revenues up 5%, Established Business EBITDA up 11% and EPS up 10%. Over half a million new customers joined Sky this year and we now have 63 million products in customer’s homes as they continue to choose Sky over other providers. As a consequence, we have extended our leadership position as Europe’s largest direct-to-consumer media and entertainment business.”

“Importantly, this strategy is now widely implemented across the Group. In the UK and Ireland, our largest market, we’ve delivered an excellent operational and financial performance whilst scaling ournew initiatives. In Germany and Austria, we have comprehensively upgraded all our services as part of our plans for sustained long-term growth in what is Europe’s largest TV market. In Italy, we’ve had a ground-breaking year, opening up significant new growth opportunities for our business by offering
new services over DTT and fibre, allowing us to reach new segments of the market.”

“Alongside this, we’ve put in place further building blocks for future growth. We’ve secured more exclusive coverage of major sports events for our customers and our investment in Sky original productions is being widely recognised by customers and critics alike. We’ve rolled out Sky Q to all our major territories meaning a growing number of customers can enjoy the benefits of Europe’s best home entertainment service, and our agreements with Netflix, Mediaset, BT and Spotify will further enhance and extend our customer offer.

“We therefore enter the year ahead with good momentum. We have an excellent set of plans and we’re focused on executing them well. We are proud that Sky is recognised globally as an outstanding business and are confident we have the right assets and capabilities to continue creating long term growth opportunities and to capitalise on the strong position we’ve built.”

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