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Sky secures majority stake in True North

Media giant Sky has purchased a majority stake in the UK indie producer True North, with True North founders Andrew Sheldon and Jessica Fowle staying on as creative directors to spearhead growth. True ...
January 23, 2017

Media giant Sky has purchased a majority stake in the UK indie producer True North, with True North founders Andrew Sheldon and Jessica Fowle staying on as creative directors to spearhead growth.

True North’s senior team, including managing director Marc Allen and executive producer Fiona O’Sullivan, who leads Mancher’s operations, will also stay on to help drive the company’s international and format ambitions.

Sky’s international production and distribution arm, Sky Vision, will represent True North’s new programs and formats while the True North management team retain their creative independence, going forward under this new deal.

True North is expected to continue to grow their bases in Leeds and Manchester.

True North currently has 11 series in production and on air, including A New Life in the Sun for Channel 4, Homes By the Sea (pictured) and Building the Dream for More4, and Teen Mom UK for MTV.

“True North has an incredible track record, and we’re really excited to have the opportunity to work with two renowned industry figures in Jess Fowle and Andrew Sheldon to develop more top quality programming. This acquisition builds on the work we have done over the last few years to create a European powerhouse for content production and distribution,” said Jane Millichip, managing director at Sky Vision, in a statement,

Producers Sheldon, Fowle and Glyn Middleton set up True North in 2001.

 

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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