European pay-TV operator Sky has taken a minority stake in UK indie Sugar Films, alongside former Discovery Networks International president and CEO Mark Hollinger, who has also taken a stake in the company and will become chairman.
Founded a year ago by British TV execs Lucy Pilkington, Narinder Minhas and Patrick Younge, the company produces formats, docs, specialist factual and scripted programming aimed at young, diverse and mainstream audiences.
Producer Kwadjo Dajan and former Channel 4 factual entertainment commissioner Nav Raman joined as co-founders and creative directors a few months later.
Sky and Hollinger’s investments will support the creation and delivery of scripted and unscripted projects aimed at audiences in the UK and abroad.
Meanwhile, Sky’s international production and distribution arm Sky Vision will become Sugar’s exclusive distribution partner representing new programs and formats.
The company is working on a digital shorts series for Channel 4, as well as the BBC2 doc White Boys and Black Heroes, featuring host Adrian Chiles. Sugar also has several undisclosed projects in paid development with other broadcasters, according to a statement.