European Pay TV Operator Sky Takes Stake in Sugar Films

LONDON — European pay TV operator Sky has taken a minority stake in Sugar Films, an independent production company founded by senior television professionals Kwadjo Dajan, Narinder Minhas, Lucy Pilkington, Nav Raman and Pat Younge. Former Discovery Networks Intl. president and CEO Mark Hollinger will also take a stake in the company and becomes chairman.

Founded last year, Sugar aims to produce “bold, popular and provocative television and digital content for mainstream and diverse audiences.” It has already secured a number of commissions including a digital shorts series with Channel Four and the recently announced “White Boys and Black Heroes,” a documentary for BBC2 presented by Adrian Chiles about the wider social impact of the growth of black professional footballers in Britain. Sugar also has a number of further projects in paid development with other broadcasters.

Younge, the former BBC chief creative officer and ex-president of Travel Channel Media, is managing director of Sugar, while co-founders Kwadjo Dajan (“Appropriate Adult,” “Mrs Biggs,” “Cilla”), Narinder Minhas (“The Girl With 7 Mums,” “The Private Life of Harley Street,” “Make Me a Muslim”), Lucy Pilkington (“Outrageous Acts of Science,” “Danny Dyer’s Real Football Factories,” “The Food Hospital”) and Nav Raman (commissioning editor of “Child Genius,” “Brat Camp,” “The Unteachables”) complete the line up as creative directors.

Sky’s international distribution division Sky Vision will handle international sales for Sugar’s shows and formats.

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