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European Pay TV Operator Sky Takes Stake in Sugar Films

23 March 2016 2:14 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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, »

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'TV needs working-class writers to counter Downton Abbey effect'

14 March 2016 11:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Line of Duty actor Daniel Mays follows Judi Dench and Julie Walters in voicing concerns the job is becoming the preserve of a privileged elite

One of the stars of BBC2’s hit police drama Line of Duty has called for more working-class writers to combat the “Downton Abbey effect” on television.

Daniel Mays, who also starred in ITV’s Mrs Biggs and BBC1’s Ashes to Ashes, and as Private Walker in the new film version of Dad’s Army, said the industry was awash with actors and writers educated at public school.

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