- Sky Studios acquires 24.9% in British indie True to Nature prodco
- Comcast-backed Sky confirms investment will more than double over next five years
- Sky to accelerate TTN’s growth and develop distribution strategy
Sky Studios announced today its acquisition of a 24.9% stake in True to Nature, one of the UK’s fastest growing producers of high-end natural history programmes.
The investment is the first to be made by Sky Studios, Sky’s new Europe-wide development and production capability.
The firm is backed by its new owners Comcast and has confirmed that Sky’s investment in original content will more than double over the next five years across a range of genres.
Sky Studios chief executive Gary Davey said: “The content coming out of True to Nature (TTN) has blown us away.
“Viewers have never been more interested in the natural world than they are today and all of us at Sky Studios can’t wait to work with Wendy and the team to see what we can create together.”
Bristol-based TTN is an independent production company founded in 2016 by former head of the BBC natural history unit, Dr Wendy Darke.
The production company specialises in innovative, world-class natural history content and TV production which boasts itself as using great story telling to build lifelong relationships between people and the natural world.
Sky Studios will provide TTN with the support needed to accelerate its growth and become a leading international developer of wildlife shows. Whilst retaining full creative independence, TTN will also work closely with Sky Studios to develop content for distribution on the Sky platforms.
TTN founder and chief executive Wendy Darke said: “At True to Nature, the natural world is at the heart of everything we do. We want to use storytelling to build lifelong relationships between viewers and the natural world.
“Our new and exciting creative partnership with Sky Studios feels like the natural next step to continue to realise our ambitions for True To Nature and we’re looking forward to making our dreams, reality.”