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‘Frankenstein’ Reimagining, Series From ‘R.E.D.’ Director, ‘Babylon Berlin’ and ‘Valley of Tears’ Creators Among Sky Deutschland Slate

A reimagining of Mary Shelley’s horror classic Frankenstein, a 1950s drama about the Nazi scientists who helped create the U.S. space program and a post-apocalyptic tale set on a North Sea island are among the new original series unveiled Tuesday by Sky Deutschland, the German arm of Comcast’s European pay TV group Sky. Sky has […]

Comcast, Paramount’s European Streaming Venture SkyShowtime Names Jon Farrar Head of Programming

SkyShowtime, the European streaming joint venture of Comcast and Paramount Global, has named Jon Farrar, who has served in key roles at BBC commercial arm BBC Studios, head of programming. Farrar led the direct-to-consumer programming strategy at the company as global VOD director and editor in chief of North American SVOD service BBC Select. Paramount […]

AI Dubbing Startup Papercup Raises $20M From Sky, Others

Papercup, a British startup using artificial intelligence for video dubbing, has raised $20 million in a series A funding round from Comcast-owned Sky and others that will allow it to invest in bringing “more human-like voices” and “human emotion” to AI dubbing.  Octopus Ventures lead the investment round, joined by Local Globe, Sands Capital, Sky […]

Sky Studios Names Meghan Lyvers Director of Original Drama, U.K. and Ireland

Sky Studios, Comcast-owned Sky’s content production arm, has named Meghan Lyvers to the role of director of original drama, U.K. & Ireland as the unit “targets a significant increase in the investment and scale of Sky original drama.” She is expected to join Sky Studios in late summer and will relocate from Amsterdam to London, […]

Sky CEO Sees Opportunity in “iPhone Model,” Touts Growth in Original Content Spending

Sky will continue to expand its original content spending and is betting on iPhone-like revenue opportunities thanks to new technologies, such as a recently launched broadband-powered TV set, which offers monthly payment plans, CEO Dana Strong told a conference in London on Thursday. Discussing Sky’s focus on growing its original content, with past hits such […]

Sky Orders Benito Mussolini Drama Series ‘M. Son of the Century’

The rise of Benito Mussolini and the birth of Italian fascism is set to be dramatized in a new series ordered by Comcast-owned Sky and unveiled by Sky Studios CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz in her MIPTV keynote on Tuesday. M. Son of the Century, based on the international best-selling book by Antonio Scurati, is being produced […]

Comcast, ViacomCBS Get Regulatory Approval for SkyShowtime Streaming Venture

Comcast and ViacomCBS have received “full regulatory approval” to create European streaming joint venture SkyShowtime, the companies said on Wednesday. The two companies had in August struck a deal to launch a new subscription video-on-demand service in more than 20 European territories, including Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and […]

Comcast Promotes Jason Armstrong to Deputy CFO

Comcast has promoted finance top executive Jason Armstrong to the role of deputy chief financial officer (CFO). He will also retain his positions as executive vp and treasurer and continue reporting to CFO Michael Cavanagh, the media, telecommunications and technology giant announced internally. “Jason will work with me and partner with corporate finance and the management […]

Comcast, ViacomCBS Name Monty Sarhan CEO of SkyShowtime Streaming Venture in Europe

Comcast and ViacomCBS have named Monty Sarhan the CEO of their European streaming joint venture SkyShowtime. The executive, who joined Comcast Cable in late 2019 as senior vp content acquisition after working at Epix and also has experience at Viacom, will assume his role later in January, following regulatory approval of the SkyShowtime venture, which […]

Comcast’s Sky Unveils Sky Glass Streaming TV, Eliminating Need for Satellite Dish

Comcast-owned European pay TV giant Sky has unveiled a broadband-powered TV set, dubbed “Sky Glass,” that doesn’t require a satellite dish to access its full suite of services and has new features, including a playlist that compiles content from across Sky and streaming services. The product will launch in the U.K. later in October, followed […]

Sky, NBCUniversal Strike Deal for DreamWorks Animation Content

Sky and NBCUniversal, which are both owned by Comcast, have struck a deal that gives the pay TV giant's unit in the U.K. and Ireland access to hundreds of hours of content from DreamWorks Animation.

MIPCOM: Sky CEO Talks Climate Change

Jeremy Darroch, the CEO of European pay TV giant Sky Group, owned by Comcast, called on the media and entertainment industry to work together to make progress on fighting climate change and addressed how he sees the company's role in that context.