Sky Studios has signed a first-look script deal with a comedy and entertainment indie Ranga Bee. Founded by RTS-winner and BAFTA-nominated comedian Romesh Ranganathan and Emmy-winning exec producer and director Benjamin Green, Ranga Bee will work directly with Sky Studios to develop new projects for viewers across Europe and beyond.
Co-developed projects will be Exec Produced by Jon Mountague, Director of Comedy at Sky Studios. The development funding will also enable Ranga Bee to attract talent to work on the committed projects for Sky Studios. Co-developed projects will be distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.
Ranga Bee has a strong relationship with Sky following two successful seasons of The Reluctant Landlord, a semi-autobiographical sitcom in which Ranganathan inherits a pub he doesn’t really want, and Romesh Presents a series of 10 shorts for new and emerging comedy talent on Sky One. Ranganathan is also a regular panellist on Sky One’s A League of Their Own panel show.
Gary Davey, CEO of Sky Studios, said: “Romesh has been entertaining Sky customers for years with his unique style of humour and I couldn’t be more excited about this new deal with Romesh, Ben and the whole Ranga Bee team. The Reluctant Landlord is a brilliant show and I look forward to seeing what new scripted comedies we can produce together.”
Ranganathan and Green, founders of Ranga Bee, said: “We set up Ranga Bee to make great comedy shows with both new and established talent and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Sky Studios to help further that ambition. We look forward to making innovative and genuinely funny comedy and comedy dramas together. This is also a great opportunity for Romesh to pretend to support other talent.”