Sky and Atlantic Productions will join forces to create a new production company, Colossus Productions, to develop original 3D programming for both UK and international audiences. The homegrown shows will be showcased on Sky 3D, Europe’s first dedicated 3D TV channel, before being distributed to other platforms and countries.
Sky has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Atlantic Productions and has a number of existing commissions in production, including a 3D series on plants currently being filmed at Kew Gardens, presented by Sir David Attenborough, and The Bachelor King 3D, a theatrical-release feature documentary, also with David Attenborough, that looks at the lives of penguins in South Georgia.
The co-investment with Atlantic Productions follows on from Sky’s commitment earlier this year to increase the amount it invests each year in original UK programming by 50 per cent to £600 million a year by 2014.
To support these commissions, Sky has signed an exclusive 3D output deal with MTV, which follows on from the Discovery 3D output deal confirmed earlier this week. And in continuing its 3D relationship with Disney, Sky has secured rights to an expanded range of 3D film titles.