Sky has taken a minority stake in Sugar Films.
Mark Hollinger, former Discovery Networks International president and CEO, is also taking a stake, and will become chairman of the independent production company.
Sky Vision, Sky’s international production and distribution business, will become Sugar Films’ exclusive distribution partner, and will represent all new programmes and formats.
Jane Millichip, managing director of Sky Vision said, “Sugar Films is a dynamic production company with a mix of experienced executives and cutting edge creative talent.
“In a short space of time, they have built an impressive development slate of both scripted and non-scripted shows. We’re really excited to be working with them to build the business both in the UK and internationally.”
Founded only last year by Kwadjo Dajan, Nav Raman, Narinder Minhas, Lucy Pikington and Pat Younge (pictured), Sugar Films’ mandate is to produce popular, bold and provocative content.
Sugar Films’ mandate is to produce popular, bold and provocative content.
It has already secured a number of commissions, including a digital shorts series with Channel 4, alongside BBC2 documentary White Boys and Black Heroes.
Younge, former BBC chief creative officer, now managing director of Sugar Films, said, “We are delighted to be joining forces with Sky Vision. They have a formidable track record, they’re forward-thinking and are hugely ambitious.
“This makes them the perfect fit for Sugar Films. We’re looking forward to a fruitful partnership.”