Sky Studios launches scripted hub in Leeds
Sky Studios, the commissioning and production arm of Sky, is launching a new initiative to focus on the development of talent, scripted partnerships and new content experiences.
Based in Leeds, the Innovation Hub will be overseen by executive producer Vicky Wharton, who has worked on shows including EastEnders and Harlots.
The scheme aims to find and nurture fresh, diverse talent to create original drama, comedy and scripted ideas for Sky, and will look at the interplay between innovative technology and storytelling.
The location of the hub is further to the investment Sky already has in the north – the company currently employs around 1300 people in Leeds and has a majority shareholding in factual content production company True North, also based in the city.
Wharton said: “New writing has a special kind of energy: it can be a safe and dangerous place all at once, a wake-up call, a kick in the nuts, a call to arms, a mirror, a home from home, and it can inspire hope.
“Our aim at Sky Studios Innovation Hub is to support creative risk from ambitious, diverse talent through mentoring, and forging unconventional ways to allow the very best talent to rise to the top.”
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