NEWS

25 Feb 2016
Sky Vision

Sky Vision Partners with Merman

Sky Vision will have first look access to a selection of scripted projects from the Merman slate, with the option to exclusively distribute those projects internationally.

Merman’s current roster includes Catastrophe (which it co-produces with Avalon and Birdbath Productions), Todd Margaret, and Divorce for HBO starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

The deal will further strengthen Sky Vision’s scripted-content portfolio, which currently includes smash dramas such as The Last Panthers, Fortitude, and Fungus The Bogeyman.

Commenting on the deal Kylie Munnich, Sky Vision Director of Drama and Comedy said: “With hit shows on both sides of the Atlantic, Merman is a creative force to be reckoned with. Its high quality scripts attract some of the industry’s leading names and we’re excited to be working with them on future projects.”

Clelia Mountford, Managing Director, Merman said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Sky Vision – they offer a vast amount of international knowledge and we have no doubt the scripts we collaborate on will benefit hugely from Sky Vision’s distribution expertise and backing.”

Merman collaborates with some of the industry’s leading names including: Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Kelly, David Cross, Will Arnett, Rob Delaney, Shaun Pye, Mark Chappell, Aisling Bea, and Jack McBrayer amongst others.

More information on current Sky Vision dramas can be found at skyvision.sky.com.

About SKY VISION:

Sky Vision is the international production and distribution arm of Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company. Sky Vision represents more than 4,500 hours of quality content from Sky channels and third party programmes and formats, across all the key primetime genres; drama, entertainment, factual entertainment and factual. The company forms an integral part of Sky’s strategy to grow a broad, international content business spanning broadcasting, production and distribution. Sky holds equity stakes in the following production businesses; Love Productions, Blast! Films, Talos Films, and Sky Vision Productions Vision in the UK; and Jupiter Entertainment and Znak&Jones in the US. In addition, Sky Vision has development or output deals with a number of broadcasters and producers; TV3 Ireland, Asylum Entertainment and Ugly Brother Studios in the US, Avanti Media, back2back productions, Spark Media Partners, ACME Films, Chalkboard TV, Hungry Bear Media, LittleRock Pictures, Spring Films and Rough-cut TV.

About Merman

Founded in 2014 by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, Merman is already making waves across television, film and branded content, with an extensive number of projects in development and production on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Merman family is dedicated to creating quality scripted content and is privileged to collaborate with some of the industry’s leading names including: Sarah Jessica Parker, David Cross, Will Arnett, Rob Delaney, Shaun Pye, Mark Chappell, Aisling Bea, and Jack McBrayer amongst others. Merman’s current projects include the award-winning Catastrophe for Channel 4 and Amazon, Todd Margaret for IFC, and Divorce for HBO, with many more in development and production.

Merman also recently partnered with Pulse Films to create Merman x Pulse, a new content company working directly with brands and agencies to create branded content and commercials, offering unique access to their roster of world-renowned talent and creative teams through script-development, workshops, brainstorms, appearances and promotion.

Merman Founders Clelia Mountford and Sharon Horgan first met on Season 1 of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret as actor and producer respectively. Both enjoyed full and diverse careers before joining forces to create Merman in 2014. In addition to working with established writers, actors and directors around the world, they remain committed to discovering and nurturing new talent as the Merman family grows.

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