Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and former BBC commissioner Karl Warner (pictured) have formed a prodco, Electric Ray, aiming to make factual entertainment and entertainment content for UK and international broadcasters.
Warner will head up the London-based company as the managing director, and has assembled a development team headed up by Thomas O’Brien, previously of Room 414 and Twofour Productions.
Electric Ray will join SPT’s global production group, with its UK shows and formats to be sold by SPT’s distribution arm and the prodco to collaborate with SPT’s U.S. and international production companies – including Gogglebox Entertainment, Silver River Productions, Left Bank Pictures and Victory Television – on development.
At the BBC, Warner had greenlit and exec produced programs including John Bishop’s Britain, Reflex, World’s Craziest Fools and The Undercover Princes.
“There is an appetite for shows that break new ground and I want us to be part of that,” said Warner. “Whether in stand-out fact ent events or primetime family entertainment shows, I want creativity and innovation to be at the heart of everything we do.
“It’s very exciting to be in partnership with SPT. Their backing means we can be a proper company from day one, both in the UK and internationally, and it means we’ll be able to bring broadcasters quality ideas from the off.”
Wayne Garvie, SPT chief creative officer for international production, added: “Karl is one of the brightest, most highly thought-of entertainment minds in British television. His vision and flair will be very much at home with the outstanding creative talent across our international production group.”