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Gary McDonagh launches Silverkite Media

Former ITV Studios Global Entertainment acquisitions manager Gary McDonagh (pictured) has launched the London-based distribution company Silverkite Media.
October 2, 2013

Former ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) exec Gary McDonagh (pictured) has launched distribution company Silverkite Media.

Based in London, the company will focus on developing, financing and selling documentaries, and reality series and formats.

As an acquisitions manager at ITVSGE, McDonagh oversaw both unscripted and scripted programs. Before that he was the managing director for prodco Strawberry Blonde and produced series such as 100 Greatest Albums, Animal Precinct: New York and Animal Cops Detroit.

Silverkite’s catalog includes Pearl Harbour: Declassified (one x 60-minutes), which was produced by Creative Differences for Military Channel; the two-part PBS special California Forever (two x 60-minutes), produced by Backcountry Pictures; the BBC2 documentary Fix My Family (one x 60-minutes) from CTVC; and reality titles Zoo Vet at Large (43 x 30-minutes) and Paramedics (nine x 30-minutes), both produced for ITV ┬áby Real Life Media.

“Distribution is all about being involved with programs from the very start, helping to shape ideas for the international market, providing development finance, as well as securing coproduction and pre-sales and selling finished shows,” McDonagh said in a statement.

“The six years I spent at ITVSGE allowed me to work with the world’s best producers and create wonderful coproduction relationships with international broadcasters,” he added. “I want to take that knowledge and relationships and provide broadcasters and producers with a tailored, flexible service.”

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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