Sky Studios — the production arm of UK broadcaster Sky — has promoted Jupiter Entertainment founder and chief exec Stephen Land and president Patrick Reardon in a move to “turbocharge” its creative and commercial strategy in the U.S.
Land (pictured left) will take on the roles of chairman, Jupiter Holdings, and senior advisor, Sky Studios, while Reardon (right) becomes president of Jupiter Holdings.
Part of Sky Studios, Jupiter Holdings is a group of U.S. production outfits including New York’s Jupiter Entertainment, Los Angeles-based Catalina Content and Knoxville, Tennessee-headquartered production services group The Hive.
Together, the operation has 15 series and special representing more than 225 hours of programming already committed to production for 2021.
As senior advisor, Land will work closely with the studio’s leadership team to spearhead partnerships and identify strategic growth initiatives across the company’s production portfolio, as well as sourcing premium documentary content within the U.S.
In his new role, Reardon will be responsible for overseeing all facets of Jupiter Entertainment, Catalina Content and The Hive.
Land founded Jupiter 25 years ago, with the company producing a range of reality series, documentaries and true crime franchises including Snapped (Oxygen), Joe Kenda: Homicide Hunter (Investigation Discovery), the American Murder Mystery strand (Investigation Discovery) and Fatal Attraction (TVOne).
In 2015, Land announced the sale of Jupiter to Sky, with it becoming the media company’s largest U.S.-based production hub.
Since joining Jupiter, Reardon has overseen the producer’s true crime slate and led the company into new genres including the lifestyle format through 10 Things You Don’t Know (E!), and premium feature documentary, as seen with Heval (Curiosity Stream).
He recently brokered a production partnership with All Def to adapt the company’s ancillary library of content, intellectual property and social media channels into long-form entertainment.