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29 July 2011
Sky 3D forges ahead with new content partnerships

- Sky forms new venture with Atlantic Productions to deliver more original home-grown 3D programming -
- Disney, MTV and Discovery sign 3D output deals with Sky -

To ensure that Sky customers continue to enjoy the richest selection of 3D TV programming available, Sky has formed a series of new partnerships with leading 3D content providers. First, Sky has formed a brand new 3D production company, Colossus Productions, with leading UK Independent producer, Atlantic Productions, producers of Sky 3D’s BAFTA award-winning Flying Monsters 3D. And second, Sky has confirmed 3D output deals with Disney, Discovery Networks and MTV, three leading pay TV channel brands who have invested in a series of innovative 3D films, documentaries and live music productions.

Sky and Atlantic Productions will join forces to create a brand new production company, Colossus Productions, to develop original 3D programming for both UK and international audiences. The home-grown shows will be showcased on Sky 3D, Europe’s first dedicated 3D TV channel, before being distributed to other platforms and countries. Sky has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Atlantic Productions and has a number of existing commissions in production, including a 3D series on plants currently being filmed at Kew Gardens, presented by Sir David Attenborough, and The Bachelor King 3D, a theatrical-release feature documentary, also with David Attenborough, that looks at the lives of penguins in South Georgia.

Anthony Geffen, CEO and Creative Director at Atlantic Productions, will also serve as Creative Director of Colossus Productions. Atlantic Productions remains fully independent, and will continue to focus on producing innovative, high quality 2D programmes for leading broadcasters in the UK and around the world. Future 3D projects, whether for Sky or other broadcasters, will be produced by Colossus Productions.

This multi-million pound deal demonstrates Sky’s continuing support for UK production, particularly in 3D, and will ensure Sky continues to offer its customers the best choice of high-quality home-grown 3D content. The co-investment with Atlantic Productions follows on from Sky’s commitment earlier this year to increase the amount it invests each year in original UK programming by 50% to £600 million a year by 2014.

To support these commissions, Sky has signed an exclusive 3D output deal with MTV, which follows on from the Discovery 3D output deal confirmed earlier this week. And in continuing its 3D relationship with Disney, Sky has secured rights to an expanded range of 3D film titles.

  • The MTV deal will cover episodes from the channel’s World Stage 3D series, which will include performances by Snoop Dog and the Kings of Leon.
  • The Discovery deal covers 3D content from a number of channels from the Discovery Network, including Natural History, Engineering and Extreme Sports. It will include 3D Safari, a ten-part series being filmed at Woburn Abbey, and Beautiful Freaks, a natural history special filmed in Namibia.
  • And Sky 3D’s portfolio of films has been enhanced significantly having secured the rights for key Disney 3D titles including Toy Story 3, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy, Mars Needs Moms and Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.

Since launching in October 2010 with live 3D coverage of the Ryder Cup, Sky 3D has broadcast more than 120 live sports events in 3D, the world 3D TV premieres of Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and the Toy Story trilogy, and a host of UK originated factual, arts and music programming. Sky 3D is available at no extra charge to all Sky TV customers who take Sky World and have a Sky+HD subscription.

John Cassy, Director, Sky 3D, comments: “The BAFTA award-winning Flying Monsters 3D showed just how stunning and genuinely immersive great 3D TV can be. Working alongside Anthony and his talented team will help us continue to deliver the highest quality home-grown 3D content to our growing number of 3D subscribers. We also want to help the UK become a global leader in 3D TV and this deal demonstrates the depth of our commitment. We look forward to extending our selection of content even further by showcasing the best of Discovery, Disney and MTV in 3D.”

Anthony Geffen, Atlantic Productions CEO, adds: ”We’re delighted to have formed this new venture with Sky, who’ve once again demonstrated their belief in the power of 3D storytelling. With the support of forward-looking broadcasters like Sky, we believe there’s a real opportunity for the UK production sector to take a world-leading position in 3D. The formation of Colossus Productions will engender the creation of exciting 3D content to entertain audiences worldwide, and the pedigree of the company will attract top talent from across the industry to work on these projects. This venture with Sky extends Atlantic Productions’ historical ethos of creating award-winning television and theatrical titles which embrace new production techniques and technologies, and the company’s work will complement our continuing dedication to high-quality 2D programming at Atlantic Productions.”

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For more information

Matt Beake Corporate Communications Manager, BSkyB 
e: matt.beake@bskyb.com

Stephen Gaynor
e: stephen.gaynor@bskyb.com

About Sky 3D

Since launching Europe’s first 3D TV channel, Sky 3D, Sky has taken a world-leading position in 3D. In the first year alone, Sky produced more than 100 live sports broadcasts, spanning football, rugby, tennis, cricket, golf and darts. Beyond sport, Sky 3D has showcased the world 3D TV premieres of Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and the Toy Story trilogy. Other highlights have included live music (Isle of Wight Festival, Elbow, Kylie at the O2), the arts (Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia), WWII in 3D, and the BAFTA award-winning natural history documentary, Flying Monsters 3D with Sir David Attenborough. Sky 3D launched into Sky homes on October 1st 2010 with live coverage of the Ryder Cup. Sky 3D already boasts a six-figure customer base and is available to any Sky World customers with a Sky+HD box and a 3DTV. Sky 3D works with both active and passive 3D TVs.

About Atlantic Productions

Atlantic Productions group is one of the world's leaders in independent factual production, whose award-winning television and theatrical films are regularly seen around the world. Since it was founded in 1992, the Atlantic group has become well known for embracing new techniques and technologies as well as building pioneering cross-platform projects. Atlantic Productions’ television projects include: the Emmy-winning, Jerusalem: City of Heaven (Discovery Channel), the multi-award-winning series, The Promised Land (BBC/ Discovery) and The Greeks: Crucible of Civilisation (BBC/ PBS), Emmy-nominated, Charlotte Church: Live from Jerusalem (BBC/PBS), the BAFTA-nominated Munich: Mossad’s Revenge (Channel 4/Discovery/La7/FremantleMedia); the eight-part series Rome Unwrapped (National Geographic/Channel 5/FremantleMedia); the BAFTA and Emmy-nominated series, David Attenborough’s First Life (BBC/Discovery/ABC); and the BAFTA award-winning Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (Sky3D) which premiered on Sky 3D and is being released in cinemas and giant screen theatres. Theatrical-release projects include feature documentary The Wildest Dream, with Altitude Films, released by National Geographic Entertainment in cinemas and IMAX theatres around the world. The Group also includes a BAFTA and Emmy-nominated VFX and digital media company and a theatrical production company. www.atlanticproductions.co.uk

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