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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
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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