London, 1 March, 2012 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced the expansion of its international production business by taking a majority stake in Silver River Productions, an independent UK production company that develops content across a wide range of genres such as factual, features, arts, documentaries, entertainment, comedy and drama.
Current Silver River slate of primetime programmes include The Town That Never Retired (BBC1), Antiques Uncovered (BBC2), Off By Heart Shakespeare (BBC2), Sergeant On Spike (ITV1), Hidden Talent (Channel 4), Elizabeth Taylor - The Queen of Diamonds (Channel 4) and Restoration Women (BBC4).
Additionally, SPT's distribution arm will now represent Silver River programmes and formats internationally. At MIP TV in Cannes next month, SPT will launch Silver River programmes and formats such as Elizabeth Taylor - The Queen of Diamonds and Say No to the Knife.
Announcing the deal, SPT's President International Production, Andrea Wong, said, "I've known and admired Daisy for several years and I'm so happy to now have the chance to work closely with her and with her team. Their proven ambition and achievements are the perfect fit for our production network, where creativity and talent are the essential drivers in everything we do. I'm thrilled to welcome Silver River to our international team."
Daisy Goodwin, president of Silver River Productions, added, "Sony has a really alluring mix of great shows and real ambition. I know that working with Andrea and her team we will be bringing Silver River's distinctive blend of originality and entertainment to the widest possible audience, and I am looking forward to bringing their best properties to the UK market."
Daisy Goodwin will continue to lead Silver River Productions as president from its existing London office, and now reports to Andrea Wong.