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Sky Studios takes full ownership of UK indie Love Productions

Sky has fully acquired Love Productions six years after taking a 70.41% stake in the outfit behind The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions’ 2019 earnings reveal. The European pay-TV broadcaster, ...
July 7, 2020

Sky has fully acquired Love Productions six years after taking a 70.41% stake in the outfit behind The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions’ 2019 earnings reveal.

The European pay-TV broadcaster, owned by Comcast, had acquired the remaining 29.59% of Love Productions’ shares on Feb. 21, making the non-scripted producer a wholly-owned company under the Sky Studios banner.

Founded by creative director Richard McKerrow in October 2004, Love Productions has production bases in London, Bristol and Los Angeles. It has produced such formats as Junior Bake Off and documentaries as Britain Then and Now and 8 Boys And Wanting A Girl.

Jane Millichip (pictured), Sky Studios chief commercial officer, said in a statement: “Love Productions is a world-class production company that has continued to create popular, thought-provoking and award-winning factual and factual entertainment shows since Sky first invested in 2014…. We look forward to continuing to work with Richard and the team as we build on their continued success.”

 

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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