Sky Studios Invests in New Drama Outfit from ‘Bridgerton’ Director & Former ITV Exec

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Sky Studios has taken a minority stake in new drama producer Longboat Photos, based by “Bridgerton” director Julie Anne Robinson and former ITV government Victoria Fea.

The outfit was based in 2019 by Los Angeles-based director-producer Robinson and ex-ITV commissioner Fea. The deal marks the most recent funding for Sky Studios, which lately took a minority stake in “Luther” producer Hilary Salmon’s new outfit The Lighthouse, and beforehand invested in Wendy Darke’s pure historical past outfit True to Nature.

Below the deal, Sky Studios’ funding will permit Longboat to speed up progress and increase its artistic crew. The manufacturing outfit will work with Sky Studios to develop content material for distribution on the Sky platforms, in addition to different networks.

Robinson beforehand directed each theater and award-winning TV exhibits within the U.Ok. (“Blackpool,” “Coming Down the Mountain”), earlier than transferring to Los Angeles, the place her directing credit embody “The Good Place,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Grace & Frankie.” She has additionally directed 13 community pilots and introduced seven sequence to air, along with directing studio options and, most lately, “Bridgerton” for Shondaland and Netflix.

In the meantime, Fea was a senior drama commissioner for eight years at U.Ok. industrial broadcaster ITV, the place she commissioned “The Durrells,” “Marcella,” “Victoria,” “Harlots” and “Unforgotten,” in addition to serials “A Confession,” “Manhunt,” “Harmless” and “Little Boy Blue.” Previous to becoming a member of ITV, Fea was an government producer, producer and script editor within the indie sector, for outfits together with World Productions and Wall to Wall, in addition to the BBC.

General, Sky Studios has fairness stakes in 9 manufacturing firms within the U.Ok. and the U.S., together with “Nice British Bake-Off” creator Love Productions and actuality crime producer Jupiter Leisure. Launched in 2019, the studio develops, produces and funds unique drama, comedy and documentary and has round 52 scripted exhibits in manufacturing.

Forthcoming exhibits embody “The Third Day” with Jude Regulation; “ZeroZeroZero,” from the makers of “Gomorrah;” and “The New Pope,” directed by Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino.

Gary Davey, CEO of Sky Studios, stated: “Longboat Photos has a wealth of experience and expertise within the drama subject, each within the U.Ok. and U.S. We’re excited to be becoming a member of forces with them on this new partnership and bringing viewers world-class, participating exhibits.”

Cameron Roach, Sky’s director of drama, added: “Victoria and Julie Anne are extremely effectively revered program makers internationally and have distinctive author relationships. Their editorial sensibility and their ambition to evolve formidable, entertaining scripted exhibits, chimes very a lot with our outlook at Sky Studios.”

Robinson and Fea stated: “We’re very completely happy to be collaborating with Sky Studios at such an thrilling time of their growth. The world wants entertaining tales greater than ever in the intervening time, and we’re trying ahead to creating them in our new partnership.”

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