Distributor Sky Vision has penned a development and distribution deal with UK indie Chalkboard TV, which will see it supporting and globally distributing the prodco’s factual properties.
Formed in November 2013, Chalkboard is helmed by former MD of Shine Network Ben Hall (pictured, right), former Shine and BBC development exec Mike Benson (left), and Total Wipeout producer Warwick Banks (center).
The company is backed by international production unit Izen Group, which was created by the combination of Middle Eastern producer iMagic, Spanish indie Zebra Productions and French prodco Elephant TV. The partnership will see Sky Vision support the creation of entertainment-focused titles for the UK market by Chalkboard, and ultimately distribute the properties internationally.
“We are excited at the prospect of being represented on an international level by Sky Vision,” said Hall, MD of Chalkboard TV, in a statement. “We were lucky enough to have multiple offers on the table from a range of international distribution partners but felt that Sky Vision was by far the best partner for us at this point in our – and Izen’s – evolution.”
Barnaby Shingleton, director of entertainment and factual at Sky Vision, added: “It’s not often that a new production company is formed focusing on entertainment and fronted by such an experienced team as those at Chalkboard TV. The ambitions for both Chalkboard TV and for Sky Vision are totally aligned: the creation and distribution of entertainment programming of scale and quality with global appeal.”