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Sky takes majority stake in Blast! Films

The UK pay-TV broadcaster has taken a majority stake in The Night Bus (pictured) producer, Blast! Films.
July 23, 2015

UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky has acquired a majority stake in The Night Bus (pictured) producer Blast! Films.

Under the ownership deal, the British indie – founded in 1994 by creative director Ed Coulthard - will continue to operate as its own distinctive company, with both Coulthard and Blast! MD Claire Bosworth maintaining leadership over the company’s current team.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, adds the UK prodco to Sky’s growing indie stable, which now includes Znak & Jones, Love Productions and Jupiter Entertainment.

Sky Vision, the broadcaster’s international distribution arm, will oversee domestic and international sales of forthcoming series and formats for the London-based indie. Existing distribution and broadcasting agreements remain unaffected by the deal.

Blast! Films’ portfolio of unscripted formats includes 999: What’s Your Emergency?The Supervet, CCTV: Caught On Camera and Plus-Sized Wars - all for Channel 4 – as well as Football, Madness and Me for BBC3.

“As program makers we are passionate about quality and this is a great fit for us as we continue to evolve the company,” Coulthard said in a statement. “I’m really proud of the team we’ve built here and this deal allows us to continue to attract great talent, keep raising the bar and be ambitious about what we can achieve.”

Jane Millichip, MD of Sky Vision, added: “Blast! Films has an incredible pedigree. Ed Coulthard is a first-class producer, and together with Claire Bosworth and team, they have a production slate that combines creative excellence with real commercial appeal.”

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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