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Sky to launch documentary, natural history channels in spring

Comcast-owned media and entertainment group Sky is set to launch two new factual-focused channels this spring, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature, which will provide a mix of premium, original commissions and ...
January 27, 2020

Comcast-owned media and entertainment group Sky is set to launch two new factual-focused channels this spring, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature, which will provide a mix of premium, original commissions and acquired content, as well as on demand libraries.

Sky Documentaries will include feature-length films and series from HBO and Showtime, as well as new Sky original documentaries, among others. The channel plans to explore a range of topics from sport to real-world controversies and biographies.

New Sky originals will include Bitter Pill: Primodos and Tiger Woods: The Comeback (pictured); alongside HBO exclusives McMillions from executive producer Mark Wahlberg and After Truth directed by Andrew Rossi. Showtime exclusive The Kingmaker directed by Lauren Greenfield will also air, along with a library of documentaries including What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali and Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.

Sky Nature, meanwhile, will include natural history programming and feature Sky’s existing David Attenborough collection. It will also be the home of Love Nature programming.

Original programming headed to Sky Nature include Extreme Animals: One Wild Day and Extreme Animals: Life’s First Steps, with two further premium originals currently in development.

Love Nature originals will include Amazing Animal Friends, produced by Oxford Scientific Films; and Wild Tales from the Farm, filmed in the UK and narrated by Hugh Bonneville.

The channels will launch in the Spring and be available to Sky customers through linear and on demand. Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature will also launch on NOW TV, available as part of the service’s Entertainment Pass.

“Premium documentaries and nature series are increasingly important to our customers, with them wanting to get to the shows they want as quickly as possible. That’s why we’re launching two new content brands, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature. These new channels will offer our customers an unrivaled destination for brand new, world class documentaries and nature programming as well as an extensive on demand library of the world’s best factual programs,” Zai Bennett, MD of content at Sky, said in a statement.

Sky’s entertainment portfolio in UK and Ireland now includes eight brands: Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Witness, Sky Arts, Sky Crime, Sky Comedy, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature alongside the Sky Cinema and Sky Kids services. Sky’s other channel brands include E!, Syfy, Pick and Challenge.

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