Sky Studios, the production and development arm of Comcast-owned British broadcaster Sky, has promoted director of documentaries Barnaby Shingleton to director of factual.
In his new role, Shingleton (pictured) will take on overall responsibility for the studio’s commercial investment, deficit funding and international distribution of Sky Original documentaries, alongside third party-funded projects for other broadcasters produced by Sky Studios’ production companies.
His remit expands to include direct responsibility for the studio’s portfolio of eight factual prodcos in the UK and U.S.: Love Productions, Jupiter Entertainment, Blast! Films, Transistor Films, Talos Films, True to Nature, Catalina Content and True North.
Shingleton is tasked with securing commercial and development relationships with factual producers and talent, with the goal of developing projects that may be commissioned by Sky’s territories across Europe. He will work closely with Sky’s factual commissioning teams across Sky UK, Germany and Italy.
The exec takes up the role immediately, reporting to Sky Studios CEO Gary Davey and incoming CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz, when she joins the business this September.
Prior to Sky Studios, Shingleton was director of entertainment and factual at Sky Vision, where he oversaw and managed the non-scripted catalogue at Sky’s former sales arm that was folded into NBCUniversal Global Distribution in October 2019.
He also previously served as head of Entertainment at Zodiak Rights/RDF, now part of Banijay Group.
Commissioning for factual content sits within Sky’s channel teams in each of the broadcaster’s markets in the UK, Italy and Germany.
In the UK, this is led by Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual, who commissions original content for Sky’s factual channels including Sky Nature, Sky Crime and Sky Documentaries.
Earlier this month at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Dixon discussed upcoming programming and offered tips for producers looking to pitch to the channel.
She said Sky is looking to commission roughly 12 original series and 12 feature documentaries per year
“There’s been a proven, huge appetite for documentaries, especially docs that unfold like a drama and take you on a twisty-turny journey,” Dixon said in a panel discussion. “That’s exactly what we’ve been looking for for Sky Docs.”