Former ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) exec Gary McDonagh (pictured) has launched distribution company Silverkite Media.
Based in London, the company will focus on developing, financing and selling documentaries, and reality series and formats.
As an acquisitions manager at ITVSGE, McDonagh oversaw both unscripted and scripted programs. Before that he was the managing director for prodco Strawberry Blonde and produced series such as 100 Greatest Albums, Animal Precinct: New York and Animal Cops Detroit.
Silverkite’s catalog includes Pearl Harbour: Declassified (one x 60-minutes), which was produced by Creative Differences for Military Channel; the two-part PBS special California Forever (two x 60-minutes), produced by Backcountry Pictures; the BBC2 documentary Fix My Family (one x 60-minutes) from CTVC; and reality titles Zoo Vet at Large (43 x 30-minutes) and Paramedics (nine x 30-minutes), both produced for ITV by Real Life Media.
“Distribution is all about being involved with programs from the very start, helping to shape ideas for the international market, providing development finance, as well as securing coproduction and pre-sales and selling finished shows,” McDonagh said in a statement.
“The six years I spent at ITVSGE allowed me to work with the world’s best producers and create wonderful coproduction relationships with international broadcasters,” he added. “I want to take that knowledge and relationships and provide broadcasters and producers with a tailored, flexible service.”