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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW PRODUCTION BASE IN NORTHERN IRELAND
London, Thursday 20th March 2014. Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and leading media execs Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy are launching a new production company called Stellify Media. The joint venture marks SPT’s first move into production in Northern Ireland.
Based in Belfast, Stellify Media will produce television content for UK broadcasters and international export, developing original programming in the entertainment genre. As a member of SPT’s global production group, Stellify Media will also collaborate with SPT’s US and international production companies on development, while its UK shows and formats will be exported by SPT’s distribution arm.
Announcing the launch, Kieran Doherty said: “We are delighted to be launching our own independent production company at a time when the production industry in Northern Ireland is thriving and producing some of the most popular shows on TV. We are looking forward to capitalising on the current zeitgeist with our own innovative, original developments. With SPT’s backing we will have access to a wealth of expertise, resources and opportunity across its global network of production companies allowing us to focus both on international opportunities as well as domestic commissions.”
Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer, International Production at SPT, said: “Kieran and Matt are the rising stars of a new generation of Irish creatives. They have proven success in developing popular entertainment and Stellify Media will be a marvellous addition to our family. Northern Ireland is fast becoming a hotspot for international production and at Sony we’re really excited about becoming part of the region’s creative community and launching exciting, global hits.”
Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy created the international quiz format Secret Fortune (BBC One) and the reality gameshow format Take the Money and Run (ABC US). They also developed a number of original popular entertainment series and game shows including the magic and mentalism series David Meade: Make Believe (BBC One NI). Most recently they developed quiz pilots You Against The Nation for BBC One and Divide & Conquer for Channel 4.
Matt and Kieran also co-founded Northern Ireland’s largest media networking group Media Therapy.
SPT’s UK production business also compromises Victory Television, Gogglebox Entertainment, Silver River Productions, Left Bank Pictures and the recently announced joint venture with Karl Warner, Electric Ray.
Current productions in the UK include The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2, Silver River), Release the Hounds (ITV2, Gogglebox Entertainment), Cardinal Burns (E4, Left Bank Pictures) and the recently broadcast Tough Young Teachers (BBC Three, Victory Television).
With the launch of Stellify Media, SPT’s international production business now comprises 18 companies in 12 countries.
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