Sky Acquires 60% Stake in Jupiter Entertainment

European pay TV operator Sky has acquired a 60% stake in U.S.-based production company Jupiter Entertainment, Sky announced Monday.

Jupiter, founded in 1996 by Stephen Land, produces non-scripted shows including TLC’s “Welcome to Myrtle Manor,” Animal Planet’s “Wild West Alaska,” Oxygen’s “Snapped” and Investigation Discovery’s “Homicide Hunter.” Jupiter’s content has also appeared on A&E, Discovery Channel and History Channel.

“We couldn’t be more delighted,” Land said of the partnership in a statement. “Sky is an ideal strategic partner. Combining Jupiter’s strong domestic growth with Sky’s global reach creates thrilling possibilities. We have ambitious growth plans and believe our employees and network partners will all benefit from this exciting combination.”

Under the new structure, Jupiter will continue business as usual, maintaining its existing relationships with other broadcasters and distributors. Sky Vision, Sky’s international distribution sector, will serve as Jupiter’s distribution partner.

“Over the past two decades, Jupiter has built an impressive track record in popular factual television, and has become a major supplier to a variety of U.S. networks,” Sky Vision managing director Jane Millichip said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Stephen, who is one of America’s most prolific television executives, and his talented team. They have an exciting slate of returning series and new formats, and Jupiter will become an important partner for Sky Vision as we build our presence in the U.S. market.”

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