Sony Pictures TV buys Silver River

Sony Pictures Television has acquired a majority stake in Silver River Productions, the UK-based indie behind non-fiction series and documentaries such as The Town that Never Retired and Antiques Uncovered.
March 1, 2012

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has acquired a majority stake in Silver River Productions, the UK-based indie behind non-fiction series and documentaries such as The Town that Never Retired and Antiques Uncovered.

In addition to its stake in the prodco, SPT’s distribution arm will now represent Silver River’s finished programs and formats internationally, starting at MIPTV with the launch of titles including Elizabeth Taylor – The Queen of Diamonds and Say No to the Knife.

Silver River’s founder Daisy Goodwin will continue to serve as president of the indie from the company’s London office, and will now report to Andrea Wong, SPT’s president of international production.

Founded by Goodwin in 2005, Silver River Productions’ previous productions include Pulling, Supersizers, and Inside Gatwick. This deal marks SPT’s third UK production venture, joining Gogglebox Entertainment and Victory Television.

In a statement, Wong said: “I’ve known and admired Daisy for several years and I’m so happy to now have the chance to work closely with her and with her team. Their proven ambition and achievements are the perfect fit for our production network, where creativity and talent are the essential drivers in everything we do.”

Goodwin added: “I know that working with Andrea and her team we will be bringing Silver River’s distinctive blend of originality and entertainment to the widest possible audience, and I am looking forward to bringing their best properties to the UK market.”

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