today announced plans to launch two new channel brands within its entertainment
portfolio. Sky Crime will launch in October 2019 and Sky Comedy in February 2020, with both available to all Sky
customers at no extra charge, through linear and on demand. Both channels will
also launch on NOW TV, available as part of the NOW TV Entertainment pass.
will be the home of premium US true crime from Oxygen and HBO and the dedicated
home of quality first run content from Jupiter and Woodcut. Key programming will include addictive,
emotionally charged accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved,
including I Love You, Now Die and The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell. Additionally, famous headline cases from the
US and UK like Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s Most Evil Killers and the In Defense Of series will bring new
insight into some of the most notorious killers of modern times.
launching in February 2020, will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from
HBO, NBC and Showtime, including brand new acclaimed comedies like Mrs Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, The Righteous Gemstones, starring John
Goodman, Adam DeVine and Danny McBride, A.P.
Bio and Sunnyside. Sky Comedy will also air all new series of returning
hit US shows like Larry David’s Curb Your
Enthusiasm and Ballers starring Dwayne
Johnson. Top rated US talk shows like The Tonight Show Starring JimmyFallon and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will also be featured, as well
as comedy titan Saturday Night Live
and an enviable library of favourites like Will
& Grace and Parks and Recreation.
Zai Bennett, Managing
Director of Content at Sky, said: “Sky
Crime and Sky Comedy are fantastic additions to our entertainment portfolio,
providing our customers with two new destinations for their favourite shows. Sky Crime, the home of premium true crime,
will complement Sky Witness perfectly, while Sky Comedy is an exciting new
proposition for Sky customers, offering them a daily dose of the best US comedy
which will sit alongside our expanding slate of Sky Original comedy on Sky One. By investing in the best of the US as well as
doubling our investment in original drama and comedy, we are making Sky an
unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.”
This is the latest
development in Sky’s commitment to offering customers more of the content they
love, that they can watch where they want, when they want. The entertainment portfolio on Sky in UK and
Ireland now includes six core Sky channel brands: Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky
Witness, Sky Arts, Sky Crime (coming October 2019) and Sky Comedy (coming February
2020), alongside the Sky Cinema and Sky Kids services. Sky’s other channel
brands include E!, SYFY, Pick and Challenge.
The introduction of the two new channels
follows on from Sky’s recent launch of Sky Studios, a new Europe-wide
development and production capability which will see Sky’s investment in
original content more than double over the next five years.
Notes to Editors:
upcoming launches on Sky Crime include:
I Love You, Now Die: In
July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in his car at a parking lot
in Fairhaven, Mass. Police discovered a series of alarming text messages from
his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to
kill himself, sparking sensational headlines nationwide, leading to a trial
that raised difficult questions about technology, social media and mental
health, while asking if one person can be held responsible for the suicide of another.
The Disappearance of Susan Cox
Powell: Susan was 28 years old when she disappeared
from her Utah home in 2009. Upon her disappearance,
her husband Josh Powell was named as a suspect. However, more than two years
later, and after an unsuccessful police investigation, the unthinkable
happened: Josh took the life of his two sons and his own. This documentary attempts to uncover new
details of the last few years of Susan’s life and incriminates her father-in-law
Steven Powell in a dangerous way.
In Defense Of:
A psychologically thrilling true crime series that shines a light on the
complicated relationships between infamous defendants and the attorneys who represented
them. In each standalone episode, the top defense lawyers on high-profile cases,
including the trials of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and serial killer
Ted Bundy, reveal the personal and professional cost of defending such
A Wedding and a Murder: Explores
shocking true stories of engagements, weddings and honeymoons that began in
joyous celebration, but tragically ended in untimely death. The motives and
outcomes may differ, but each episode will expose a grisly homicide set against
the backdrop of what appears to be wedded bliss.
upcoming launches on Sky Comedy include:
Mrs Fletcher: Comedy about
a divorced woman who jumpstarts her love life by adopting a sexy new persona,
leading to a world full of unexpected and sometimes complicated erotic
Ballers: Success hits hard. Dwayne
Johnson stars in this series as a retired football superstar trying to reinvent
himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami.
Righteous Gemstones: Danny
& Down, Vice
to HBO with The Righteous Gemstones, the story of a world-famous
televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable
work. Main character Jesse Gemstone sees himself as a maverick in the ministry
game, taking what his father, Eli Gemstone, has built and expanded it for a
more modern audience.
With 24 million customers
across seven countries, Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company
and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Our 31,000 employees help connect
our customers with the very best of Sports, News, the arts and to our own
local, original content. Following the success of Sky originals like Chernobyl,
Patrick Melrose, Das Boot and Gomorrah, we launched Sky Studios and
now plan to more than double our investment in original drama and comedy over
the next five years.
Our technology allows
customers to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, and as we
connect millions of families to the content they love, it is our responsibility to
do it safely – that’s why we offer services like Sky Broadband Buddy and the
Sky Kids app. And ouronline
streaming service, NOW TV, brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the
flexibility of a contract-free service.
We also believe that a
company of our scale has a responsibility that goes beyond our business, and
into the community. Our Sky Ocean Rescue campaign has reached millions across
Europe, we’re on track to be free of single-use plastic by 2020, we’re
investing £25million over five years in ocean-saving tech and we’re a proud
employer – recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our approach to