Former History, MTV Execs Launch Production Banner

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Talos Films has been set up by TV veterans Julian P. Hobbs and Elli Hakami, with investment backing from Sky Vision and October Films.

Former History development exec Julian P. Hobbs and ex-MTV programming exec Elli Hakami on Thursday announced the launch of a new independent production company, Talos Films.

U.K. producers Sky Vision, part of pan-European pay TV giant Sky, and October Films are each taking non-controlling stakes in the New York City-based banner, which already has a slate of scripted and unscripted shows in development with unspecified broadcasters.

Hobbs and Hakami will serve as co-presidents of Talos, while Adam Bullmore, managing director of October, and Sky Vision managing director Jane Millichip will sit on the company's board.

The upstart banner will see Hobbs and Hakami create and produce global content from event documentaries and docudramas to character-driven unscripted series, formatted shows and scripted series.

"We are very excited to have the support of Sky Vision and October Films as we dive in and create fresh, new content for audiences around the world," Hobbs and Hakami said in a joint statement.

Hobbs most recently headed up scripted development and production at History, where he oversaw The Bible, Vikings and the upcoming Roots. As a vp and executive producer at History, he developed and oversaw such series as Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Counting Cars, Ice Road Truckers, America: The Story of Us and Gettysburg.

Hakami most recently served as MTV’s executive vp current series and programming, overseeing hit series including Catfish and The Challenge, as well as True Life specials.

Before that, he was senior vp unscripted programming and production at BBC Worldwide Productions, overseeing such projects as Americans in Bed and What Not to Wear.

Talos Films will be repped by CAA.