Sky is making a renewed effort to stake a claim in the entertainment-format space, commissioning three new series, including one with Cat Deeley
. The U.K. pay-tv operator has greenlit the a cappella singing competition “Sing It,” which will be fronted by Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance
”); “Carmageddon,” a car combat series; and “Revolution,” in which skateboarders, BMXers and in-line skaters will take each other on.Phil Edgar Jones
, Sky’s head of entertainment, said that in seeking buzzy event shows, it had drawn inspiration from movies and film genres.
“We wanted to take the idea of films and movies as a starting point,” Edgar Jones
said. “‘Carmageddon’ was pitched to us a version of ‘Mad Max,’ so that made sense to us; we thought if we were going to do a car show it’d have to be like ‘The Fast and the Furious
’ or ‘Mad Max.’ If