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IMG, Premier League extend production deal

The Premier League has extended its deal with the IMG agency, through which the two parties will continue to operate Premier League Productions (PLP). The new three-year deal covers the 2022-23 to 2024-25 period. PLP produces and distributes the Premier League’s international content, including the broadcasting of all 380 matches per season from the tournamnt. […]

May 12, 2022

IMG to produce Channel 4’s Super League coverage

Sports independent production company IMG has been awarded a two-year contract to provide Channel 4’s Betfred Super League coverage. Super League rugby will be shown live on free-to-air television for the first time in its 26-year history after Channel 4 secured a deal initially to show ten live matches and Grand Final highlights for the […]

February 2, 2022

IMG appoints ex-Sky Sports’ Francis

IMG, the global sports, events and talent management company, has named former Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis as Executive Vice President, Head of Global Production to lead IMG’s production business. Francis is well known for his 20 year spell at Sky Sports. He served as Managing Director for over a decade, where he grew […]

October 13, 2021

Sky Sports’ Francis joins WePlay

Barney Francis, the former MD of Sky Sports, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of WePlay, the performance marketing agency for the sports industry. Francis spent 10 years at the helm of Sky Sports before becoming CEO of Comcast’s Future Sport division in 2019, tasked with identifying global growth opportunities within sport’s changing landscape. […]

September 11, 2020