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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.
 
ENDS
 

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Zuzana Pagacova
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Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOZ.com.