Sky Studios, Sky’s production and development arm across Europe, today announced a multi-title development deal with Noah Media Group, the creators of some of the most acclaimed feature-length sports documentaries in recent years.
The partnership will see the award-winning Noah team, which includes filmmaker Gabriel Clarke (Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans) and director/producer Torquil Jones (Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager), co-produce an exclusive slate of feature documentaries and series across a range of topics, several of which will be rooted in sport.
The projects are expected to target Sky’s factual channels across Europe and viewers around the world with Sky’s sister company, NBCUniversal, taking a first-look option for global distribution.
Noah CEO John McKenna said of today’s deal: “This is the first time Noah has entered into a multi-film partnership and is a hugely exciting next step for the company. We are thrilled to be working with a partner of the reputation of Sky Studios and to be in the company of their other notable international production partners; to have Sky Studios recognise the standards of our films to date is a huge testament to our filmmaking team.”
Sky Studios’ Director of Factual, Barnaby Shingleton added: “Working with our factual commissioning teams in the UK, Italy and Germany, we’re excited to bring new documentaries from Noah Media Group to our 23.4 million customers across Europe and to viewers around the world. Noah are uniquely placed in the market, creating premium documentaries that capture the zeitgeist and bring a fresh perspective to untold stories.”
The first collaboration between Noah Media Group and Sky Studios is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
About Noah Media Group
Noah Media Group is the award-winning production and distribution company behind many critically-acclaimed sports feature documentaries including Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, the theatrical documentary about the Hollywood star’s quest to make the ultimate racing movie (Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2015), & Finding Jack Charlton – the deeply personal documentary portrait of one of football’s most cherished heroes, which was launched in late 2020 in partnership with the BBC & Virgin Media Ireland. The film detailed Jack’s previously undocumented dementia diagnosis. Noah is also responsible for producing and distributing The Edge - the theatrically released story of the England Test Cricket team, and Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager, winner of 2018’s SJA best TV/Film documentary award. Noah Media Group is currently in production with Arsène Wenger: Invincible, the upcoming definitive documentary of a footballing pioneer who changed the landscape of the English Premier League as we know it.
Noah Media Group was selected as one of the 2020 Broadcast Best Places to Work.
About Sky Studios
Sky Studios brings to screen unique stories from the very best talent in Europe.
We develop, produce and fund original drama, comedy and documentary for Sky’s 24m customers and beyond. Building on the success of critically-acclaimed Sky Originals including Emmy-winning Chernobyl, Bafta-winning Patrick Melrose and international hits Das Boot, Riviera and Britannia, Sky Studios is the new creative home of Sky Originals, such as The Third Day with Jude Law, I Hate Suzie, co-created by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper and BAFTA-nominated hit comedy, Brassic.
We’re an agile Studio, seeking out the best untold stories from new voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories they wouldn’t find anywhere else.
With commissioning talent and production capability across the UK, Germany and Italy, we understand local tastes across Europe better than anyone else and have plans to more than double our investment in original content by 2024, fully supported and backed by Comcast NBCUniversal.
We’re also developing a new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which is expected to lead to the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK creative sector in the first five years alone.
Sky Studios invests in the cultural economy and global production sector with equity stakes in several production companies in the UK and the US, including Great British Bake-Off creator Love Productions, and the premier reality crime producer in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, creator of long-running hit Snapped. Sky Studios has invested in high quality factual specialists Blast! Films, True North Productions, and Transistor Films; natural history producer True to Nature; drama producers The Lighthouse and Longboat Pictures; and growth businesses Sugar Films, Chrysalis Vision, and Talos Films (US).
Sky Studios launched in June 2019. The senior leadership team is Chief Executive Officer Gary Davey, Chief Content Officer Jane Millichip, Chief Operating Officer Caroline Cooper, Director of Commissioning, Drama Gabriel Silver, Director of Comedy UK Jon Mountague, Director Original Production Sky Studios Italia Nils Hartmann, and Director Original Productions Sky Studios Deutschland Marcus Ammon.