Carl Hall is leaving Sky Vision to set up Warehouse 51 Productions, a new London-based indie, with Jane Millichip (pictured) replacing him as Sky Vision’s new MD.
As part of the move, Hall is taking over Sky Vision’s Bristol production office and rebranding it under the Warehouse 51 banner. Millichip, who is currently Sky Vision’s director of sales and global brands, will now run the company, which is the production/distribution arm of UK pay-TV network Sky.
Sky Vision’s head of programming and development Danny Tipping will continue to oversee Sky Vision’s production – which “remains a priority for the business,” the network said – and will report to Millichip.
Sky Vision Productions will maintain its production and development slate of specialist and popular factual TV, Sky added.
The two parties said that Sky Vision would collaborate with Hall on the distribution of Warehouse 51 productions going forward.
The news comes after Hall sold his previous company Parthenon Entertainment to Sky in July 2012, rebranding it as Sky Vision in the process. Millichip joined Sky Vision in February this year, from Zodiak Rights.
In a statement, Hall said: “Sky Vision is ideally placed to grow and develop and to help Sky realize the enormous potential that comes from being the fastest-growing source of investment in original British productions.
“However, I’m an entrepreneur at heart and having led Sky Vision for more than a year, and with a brilliant management team in place, I want to get back to what I know best. I am in a unique position to create a production house where top talent from writers, producers and directors can get their ideas made and financed.”
He added that his new indie plans “to house, fund and nurture production talent in the UK and to produce high-quality factual and factual entertainment formats.”
Rob Webster, Sky’s commercial group director, added: “Having founded Parthenon and overseen its first year of operation as Sky Vision, Carl has helped embed an ambitious international distribution business within Sky, for which he has our sincere thanks.
“Carl leaves behind an extremely talented team and one which is well placed to build on what’s been a really positive first year for Sky Vision. We wish Carl all the best for his new venture and look forward to working with him again in the future. At the same time, I would like to congratulate Jane on her much deserved promotion.”