Sky Vision pens first-look deal with Hungry Bear Media

Distributor Sky Vision has inked a first-look deal with London-based indie Hungry Bear Media. (Pictured: 1000 Heartbeats)
January 19, 2015

Distributor Sky Vision has inked a first-look deal with London-based indie Hungry Bear Media.

The deal gives Sky Vision – the international distribution arm of UK broadcaster Sky – distribution rights for all forthcoming programming from Hungry Bear, which was launched last January by ex-Talkback MD Dan Baldwin, former Talkback development exec Juliet Denison and entrepreneur Peter Jones.

Later this month Sky Vision is slated to launch 30- and 60-minute versions of the Hungry Bear-produced game show format 1000 Heartbeats (pictured above) for ITV.

The deal is the latest in a number of partnerships for Sky, which acquired a minority stake in Los Angeles- and London-based prodco Znak&Jones in September and most recently penned a development and distribution deal with Chalkboard TV in November.

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed such a landmark deal for the company so early on in our journey with a partner that pulled out all the stops to work with us,” said Dan Baldwin, MD of Hungry Bear Media, in a statement.

Barney Shingleton, director of entertainment and factual at Sky Vision, added: “We are really looking forward to working with Hungry Bear Media. It’s clear they are going to become a serious player in the UK as an independent producer and their shows have great potential for the international market.”

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