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Sky Vision pens first-look deals with Acme, Spark Media

Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of UK pay-TV network BSkyB, has signed first-look deals with UK indies Acme Films and Spark Media Partners.
August 7, 2014

Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of UK pay-TV network BSkyB, has signed first-look deals with UK indies Acme Films and Spark Media Partners.

The partnerships – which will see Sky Vision work with both companies to co-develop programming for international distribution - is the latest in a number of development deals between Sky Vision and companies such as Ugly Brother Studios in the U.S., and Back2Back productions and Roughcut TV in the UK.

Jaimie D’Cruz and Francesca Newby’s Acme Films specializes in drama and factual programming, while Spark Media – owned by Steve Havers and Mark Baker - focuses on formats. The deal will help the prodcos build an international profile for both scripted and factual content, Sky said.

“Both Acme Films and Spark Media Partners will add significantly to Sky Vision’s offering to the international market, with programs of scale and quality,” said Barnaby Shingleton, director of entertainment and factual at Sky Vision, in a statement.

“Acme has a proven track record in producing award-winning drama and documentaries and we are looking forward to working with them to bring their programming to a wider international audience,” the exec added. “The creatives behind Spark have already had considerable international success with entertainment formats and Sky Vision is well placed to help them enjoy further success over the coming years.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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