HBO and Sky, have announced their first investment as part of their co-production deal, taking a minority stake and seats on the board of Bad Wolf, the production company launched by award-winning producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner.
The deal will see Bad Wolf formalise their role to supply drama for the recently announced co-production partnership between Sky and HBO, which is aimed at funding large scale dramas for the international television market.
As part of their investment, HBO and Sky will be represented on the board of Bad Wolf Productions by Glenn Whitehead and Gary Davey.
Bad Wolf has already co-produced the Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated series, The Night Of for HBO. Other major drama series currently in pre-production include A Discovery of Witches for Sky and the TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novels His Dark Materials.
The investment underlines HBO and Sky’s commitment to investing in world-class content and follows the announcement of Chernobyl, the first project from their international high-end drama co-production partnership.
The deal follows Sky’s commitment to increasing investment in Original productions by twenty-five percent, building on the success of Guerrilla, Jamestown and Riviera, their biggest drama premiere of the year with over 17 million downloads so far.
Bad Wolf launched in 2015 as a transatlantic production company, with backing from the Welsh Government, and is co-sited in Los Angeles and South Wales, where they recently opened a new studio complex, Wolf Studios Wales. In March this year, Len Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment, headed by Danny Cohen, took a 24.9% stake in the company.
Jane Tranter, chief executive, Bad Wolf, said: “The synergy between HBO and Sky perfectly matches the transatlantic ambitions of Bad Wolf. From Rome and Five Days through to Getting On and The Night Of, Julie and I have always had a creatively fulfilling relationship with HBO. A Discovery of Witches marks our first partnership with Sky and we are thoroughly enjoying being part of their creative vision for TV. This transatlantic relationship, with its roots in South Wales, is something we cannot wait to get stuck into.”
Casey Bloys, programming president, HBO, said: “Our experience working with Bad Wolf on The Night Of laid the groundwork for what I know will be a very fruitful production partnership alongside our friends at Sky, one that will reflect our common ambition for producing television of the highest quality.”
Gary Davey, managing director, content, Sky, said: “I have long been an admirer of Jane and Julie’s work and thought The Night Of, which Jane produced, was the stand-out US production of 2016. We look forward to working with Bad Wolf in bringing more high-end drama and great story-telling to screen. Sky and HBO share a common creative culture and this deal deepens our relationship and maintains our leadership position in world-class content.”
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About Bad Wolf
Bad Wolf launched in 2015 when award-winning producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner set up the UK/US production company with backing from Welsh Government. Co-sited in South Wales and Los Angeles, Bad Wolf produces high-end television and film for the global market. In 2017 Access Entertainment invested in the company and Wolf Studios Wales was opened in Cardiff to further develop the television industry in Wales. The Night Of for HBO and Sky was the first Bad Wolf production and His Dark Materials and A Discovery of Witches are both about to start shooting in South Wales.
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