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Sky Acquires 60% Stake in Jupiter Entertainment

30 March 2015 10:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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. »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Sky Acquires Majority Stake In Jupiter Entertainment

30 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Leading Euro pay TV operator Sky has acquired a 60% stake in U.S. production company Jupiter Entertainment.  Founded in 1996 by Stephen Land, Jupiter Entertainment specialises in non-scripted programmes.  Its shows include Welcome to Myrtle Manor on TLC, Wild West Alaska for Animal Planet and Snapped on Oxygen. Jupiter recently formed a multi-year strategic partnership with Random House giving the company a first look at adapting the publisher's assets as non-fiction… »

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Allison Wallach Named President of Jupiter Entertainment

17 March 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Allison Wallach has been named president of television producer Jupiter Entertainment.

A former agent at United Talent Agency, Wallach will help Jupiter expand into new genres of TV shows and distribution platforms. The company currently has seven series airing on A&E, Discovery, TLC, Oxygen, Animal Planet and TV One, including “Welcome to Myrtle Manor,” “Wild West Alaska,” “Snapped” and “Homicide Hunter.”

Wallach reports to Jupiter’s founder and CEO Stephen Land, and is based in the company’s New York offices.

“After working closely with Allison for the past four years at UTA, we were convinced that her many talents, contacts and creativity will make her an invaluable asset to our overall team,” Land said.

Wallach had represented Jupiter while part of UTA’s alternative television department, where she helped grow the agency’s international and cable television business.

“After years of working closely with Jupiter, I feel that »

- Marc Graser

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