Studios, the commissioning and production arm of Sky, today announce the
formation of a ground-breaking production services hub, The Hive Collective
(The Hive), based in the
US and working in collaboration with Sky Studios’
production expertise in Europe.
Hive, initially based in
in New York and Knoxville, Tennessee, will
provide best-in-class and fully integrated pre-production, production and post
production services for the industry, including a range of forthcoming Sky
Studios productions. Serving as a one-stop shop, The Hive will give producers
access to over 250 creative professionals specialising in everything from
casting, gear, wardrobe and set design to transcription, media management,
staffing, human resources, finance, offline editing, graphics and final
launching The Hive, Sky Studios has leveraged the expertise of Sky-owned
Jupiter Entertainment, creator of long-running reality crime hit Snapped, and
has appointed veteran Jupiter Entertainment executive Robert Twilley as
President. In his new role, Twilley will oversee all facets of The
Hive’s operation including legal, financial
and production operations. Previously, Twilley served as Senior
Vice President and General Manager of Jupiter Entertainment.
Hive is already in discussions with several producers and production companies
to bring projects to the new production facilities this year.
The Hive is the next step in our ambition to make Sky Studios a world-leading
creative and production force and home to the industry’s best talent. We
already have over 50 shows in production across Europe and the agile approach
of The Hive will help us, and other producers, get great ideas and unique
stories in to production quicker. Under Robert’s leadership, The Hive will
quickly become a vital resource for the industry with ambitious plans for
expansion.” said Jane Millichip, Chief Commercial Officer of Sky Studios.
Hive offers the staff, the facilities and a passion for high quality
production,” said Robert Twilley, President of The Hive Collective.
“Our aim is to help make any producer’s vision a reality. In
today’s competitive marketplace, it’s crucial to balance cost-effective
solutions with a first-in-class operation. The Hive provides producers the
opportunity to put more money on screen, maintain their identity and grow their
Sky: Harrison Kelly, Harrison.Kelly@sky.uk
Jupiter: Brooke Fisher, email@example.com
Notes to Editors
- Image of Robert Twilley: https://we.tl/t-Qdyi398Bja
- Throughout his long career with
Jupiter Entertainment, Robert Twilley has helped build the company to
over 50,000 square feet of office and production space, created a
post-production facility with over 50 edit bays and managed
production and business across 75 series and specials for 30 networks, including
500 episodes of the genre-defining true crime hit Snapped, the
record-breaking ID Murder Mystery (ID), the long running Homicide
Hunter (ID) as well as docusoaps like Welcome
to Myrtle Manor (TLC) and Wild West Alaska (Animal
Planet). In the last decade, he has helped triple the company’s
revenue and in 2015 he played a central role of the company’s sale to
About Sky Studios
brings to screen unique stories from the very best talent in Europe.
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-nominated Chernobyl, Bafta-winning Patrick Melrose and
international hits Babylon Berlin and Riviera, Sky Studios is the new creative
home of Sky originals, such as The Third Day with Jude Law, ZeroZeroZero from
the makers of Gomorrah and The New Pope directed by Academy Award-winning
director Paolo Sorrentino.
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.
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 NBC Universal.
invests in the cultural economy and global production sector with equity stakes
in 10 production companies in the UK and the US, including Great British
Bake-Off creator Love Productions, and the premiere 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 and True
North Productions; entertainment and format expert Znak & Co (US & UK);
natural history producer True to Nature; and growth businesses Sugar Films,
Avanti Media, Chrysalis Vision, and Talos Films (US).
launched in June 2019. The senior leadership team is Chief Executive Officer
Gary Davey, Chief Commercial Officer Jane Millichip, Chief Finance Officer
Caroline Cooper, Director of Drama UK Cameron Roach, Director of Comedy UK Jon
Mountague, Director Original Production Sky Italia Nils Hartmann, and Director
Original Production Sky Deutschland Marcus Ammon.
About Jupiter Entertainment
in New York and Knoxville, Jupiter Entertainment has built an unrivalled track
record of producing successful, highly formatted series and delivering
outstanding ratings and strong renewals. Since its launch over two
decades ago, the company has produced 75 series and specials for 30
many credits include the record-breaking hit American Murder Mystery (ID),
long-running series Snapped (Oxygen) and Homicide Hunter(ID) as well as
explosive docusoaps Welcome to Myrtle Manor (TLC) and Wild West Alaska (Animal
Planet). The company has also produced prime-time series and specials for
A&E, Discovery, History, Investigation Discovery, Oxygen, Reelz, TLC,
TruTV, TV One, Fuse, and Animal Planet among more. In the last year
alone, Jupiter produced 19 series, specials and pilots for 10 networks.