Sky sets “Conquest” air-date, promotes Taylor

The British pay-TV network has set a Christmas air-date for David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies 3D (pictured), and has promoted Celia Taylor to head of non-scripted commissioning for entertainment.
July 24, 2014

British pay-TV network Sky has set a Christmas air-date for David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies 3D (pictured), and has promoted its head of factual Celia Taylor.

The three x 60-minute special will air in 3D on Sky 3D and in 2D on Sky1, and sees Attenborough telling the story “of nature’s greatest aeronauts and the intricate engineering that has allowed them to conquer the skies,” according to Sky.

Commissioned by Sky’s commissioning editor for factual Siobhan Mulholland, the three parter is produced by Colossus Productions – Atlantic Productions’ JV with Sky. For Anthony Geffen, CEO of Colossus and Atlantic, this production marks his 11th collaboration with Attenborough.

In a statement, Attenborough said: “The story of evolutionary flight is one I’ve always wanted to tell in 3D. It’s a wonderful subject and a very exciting project, but technically it is a huge challenge, especially in 3D.”

During the filming of Conquest, Atlantic and Colossus began creating content for the Oculus Rift VR headset – as revealed by realscreen in April – and subsequently went on to launch a dedicated VR division, called Alchemy VR.

Celia TaylorIn related news, Sky has promoted Taylor (pictured, left) lead all unscripted programming under the new title head of non-scripted commissioning for entertainment.

She most recently served as head of factual at Sky, and the new position will see her overseeing all factual and entertainment commissions at the pay-TV network.

There will no longer be heads of factual or entertainment, and her remit will be to bring together the commissioning strategies for both genres.

She continues to report to Stuart Murphy, Sky’s director of entertainment.

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