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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. 

Lucy Prebble talks dark humour, Succession and her new series I Hate Suzie

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“When there’s so much television around, there is a danger that you start to passively, even unconsciously, copy tropes. And you begin to think that that’s what’s right,” she says.

“But actually, it’s not. It’s just what’s familiar, and that doesn’t necessarily make it true or good”.

Having created her first television show at only 26, and now executive producing and writing on Succession, one of the most talked about series of the past few years, Prebble is an expert at creating compelling drama.

Sky announces all-star cast for Roald & Beatrix film

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Inspired by the true story of when Roald Dahl met his hero Beatrix Potter at six-years-old, Roald & Beatrix promises to be a magical Christmas film combining live action filming with puppetry and stop-frame animation.

Dawn French (French and Saunders) will play the children’s author Beatrix Potter, who created beloved characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck.

Sky and HBO commission new comic horror series The Baby

Co-created by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer (Production Manager for Gangs of London), The Baby is a darkly funny delve into the depths of motherhood.

When a baby is thrust upon unsuspecting 38-year-old Natasha, she is forced to give up her comfortable life of freedom and indulgence to be at their beck and call.

Far from your average case of parental compromise, the baby possesses such manipulative and violent powers that Natasha’s life spirals out of control.

Filming to commence on Sky's A League of Their Own and There's Something About Movies

The third season of There’s Something About Movies will see comedian Alan Carr return as host, with Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) and Michael Sheen (Quiz) returning as team captains and Tom Allen re-uniting with the crew.

Packed full of movie trivia, insider film insights and infamous re-enactments, this series will also feature the show’s first ever Christmas special.

The best foreign language TV series to watch now

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Valeria

Netflix

Valeria (Diana Gómez) seems to have it all figured out, she has a book deal, a great group of friends and is seemingly happily married.

But a closer look at Valeria’s life shows problems with writer’s block and a magnetic spark with a man who’s not her husband.

Sky releases teaser trailer for new drama Lovecraft Country

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The 10-part series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he teams up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance), on a treacherous trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search for his missing father.

They are faced with trying to survive against grisly monsters and racist terrors which will prove to be a dangerous feat.

UK broadcasters team up on guide for producing TV safely during Covid-19

The guidelines will allow productions to get up and running again, with the emphasis on the safety and well-being of employees.

The guide will be applicable to a broad range and scale of TV programmes of all genres and have been created with the collaboration of industry experts and the external expertise of Dr Paul Litchfield CBE.

Broadcasters have liaised with union representatives and the Health and Safety Executive and worked with First Option safety consultants to the media and entertainment industry.