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Digital gurus hail 'most exciting time' for online video

YouTube and Facebook, which between them boast 19 billion daily views worldwide, offer huge online platforms to video content producers but television is also entering the market.

Sky’s new TV service Sky Q includes an online video section, bringing together content from many digital creators, including Barcroft Media, Red Bull Media House and GoPro. And youth brand Vice recently announced that its first European linear TV channel, Viceland, would launch in September.

In Conversation with Sky's Gary Davey

Sky's Managing Director of Content Gary Davey will be in conversation with Managing Director of Sugar Films, Pat Younge.

For the last year Gary Davey has been responsible for Sky’s entertainment, movies and news channels in the UK – as well as overseeing the entire entertainment offering of Sky Deutschland.

Gary’s long career in pay TV has seen him occupy senior roles in Italy, Hong Kong and the USA – as well as a previous stint at Sky. 

Sky announces new studio at Elstree

The new studio is planned to house the production of multiple TV shows and films simultaneously and will be located in Elstree, close to the home of Star Wars and Strictly Come Dancing, Elstree Studios.

Backed by Sky’s recent new owner Comcast, the new studio will be developed in partnership with sister-company NBCUniversal and Legal & General.

First glimpse of Lennie James in Save Me Too

Nelly Rowe (Lennie James) (Credit: Sky/Sky Studios/World Productions)

Save Me Too follows the return of estranged father Nelly (Lennie James), seventeen months after his unsuccessful search for his missing daughter Jody.

Challenged to re-evaluate his life decisions, Nelly’s search forced him to take dangerous risks that dragged him into a dark underworld that trafficks kidnapped youngsters including Jody.

Jane Millichip: Sky's big spender

Jane Millichip (Credit: Sky)

When Jane Millichip got her job as Managing Director of Sky Vision in 2013, she felt she should confess all to her boss – after all, the broadcaster was still almost half-owned by Rupert Murdoch. The thing was, when she was 21, she had stood on the picket line at Murdoch’s Wapping plant in solidarity with the printers he had just fired.

“My boss at the time, Rob Webster, fell off his chair laughing,” she says. “It was just that I would never want to embarrass Sky.”

Jez Butterworth on his move from stage to screen with Britannia

Jez Butterworth and Tom Butterworth (credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Period dramas come in myriad forms. Latterly, few have been as high concept as Jez Butterworth’s bloody and somewhat bewildering saga, Britannia, set roughly 2,000 years ago as the invading Romans attempt to “civilise” an island of warring Celtic tribes.

Co-produced by Sky Atlantic and Amazon Prime Video, the skill of the make-up department alone is worth tuning in for. The prosthetic work done to Mackenzie Crook, who plays druid mystic Veran, is extraordinary.

Sky releases first look image of comedy starring Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc (Credit:Sky)

The six-part series, written and created by Joe Parkham and Joe Markham, follows two best friends, Fran (Perkins) and Jamie (Giedroyc), who only have each other to rely on as they try to move forward in the world.

The only thing is, they kill people for a living which adds a certain element of complication to their lives.

Joe Parkham and Joe Markham commented: “We can’t believe that something which has been knocking around inside our heads for so long has been brought to life by two of the funniest people in the country, along with a load of our other comedy heroes.”

First look at new Sky comedy starring Maisie Williams

Kim Stokes (Maisie Williams) in Two Weeks to Live (Credit: Sky/Nick Wall)

The drama follows strange young misfit Kim (Williams), who was just a child when her father passed away in mysterious circumstances.

Following the tragedy, Kim was whisked off to a secluded setting by her mother Tina (Sian Clifford) and raised with a bizarre set of survival skills.

Now an adult, Kim journeys out into the real world to fulfil a secret mission to honour her father’s memory.

Filming begins on new Sky drama Intergalactic

Savannah Steyn, Parminder Nagra and Eleanor Tomlinson (Credit: Sky)

Intergalactic is set in the future where the population of Earth is governed by a global authority, the Commonworld.

The sci-fi series follows spacecraft pilot and rookie cop Ash (Steyn), who’s rising career gets cut short when she is imprisoned for a false crime. Ash will be at the centre of a high-security breakout that will see a gang of female prisoners pursue freedom across the stars.